Sunday, July 24, 2016


Ruth Ayres has a link-up on weekends where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every week.

Today I celebrate the air we breathe. It was a hot day, but I'm training for a 1/2 marathon so can't put off running. I went to the Y and ran four miles before they closed and then I went outside to run the final four. It was in the upper 80s so I went to a local trail where there was shade and an occasional view of the lake between trees. Just looking at the water made me feel cooler and there was a gentle breeze. I appreciated the playful breeze along the path. The leaves clapped and I breathed deeply while the air brought a little relief from the heat.

I'm reading one of Joy Harjo's books, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems. In one of her poems, For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in Its Human Feet, she writes of the friendly winds:

"Open the door, then close it behind you.

Take a breath offered by friendly winds. They travel the earth gathering essences of plants to clean.

Give it back with gratitude."

I couldn't help but make the connection to my time running and breathing the wonderfully fresh air. I love that image she created of taking the breath offered and then giving it back with gratitude. I am so thankful for the air I breathe and my body's ability to continue breathing.


  1. These are beautiful words, Crystal. I always feel better after a walk, no matter the heat, where most of my pics in my post today came from. Thanks for Harjo's idea of that taking a breath, then giving it back, & for the lovely photo.

  2. Crystal, I am a firm believer in breathing in the air to see the world in a different life. I must admit that your feat of running in high temperatures is amazing. Best of luck in your future race.

  3. Love the picture and the words from Harjo's poem. Your words about breathing remind me of the meditation class I attended this week, my first, but it won't be my last.

  4. Beautiful post about appreciating something that we often overlook. It has been so hot this week! I am quite impressed with your perseverance to run even in the heat.