Enchanted Breaths

Enchanted Breaths and Leaf Watching

Have you found your leaf this week?
Sunday’s Enchanted Blog invited you to select a leaf and just be with it.

If you have your leaf with you, or if you can imagine one, put it in the palm of your hand or hold it gently if it’s still attached to its tree.
Observe your leaf and be mindful of your breath as it moves in and out of your body.
Now deepen your breaths and slow them down, releasing tension in your muscles and nerves.

Release tension in the corners of your mouth and allow them to soften into a smile.
Enjoy the color, texture and beauty of your leaf and rest a moment, still gently smiling.

Perhaps your leaf has a hole in it. Maybe it has many holes where it has been chewed by a worm or bug. It is no less perfect. In Navajo art, the imperfections in each piece are intentional. Especially in the woven blankets, there is a thread of color that does not match the rest of the blanket or there is a broken, incomplete border. Each piece of art needs a “window” that allows the Creator’s Spirit to move in and out. It also requires that we embrace the imperfection in order to appreciate the whole.

As you appreciate and even admire these imperfections in your leaf, breathe into a gentle acceptance of the imperfections that make you uniquely you. Allow space for the Creator’s Spirit to move in and out of you and embrace yourself as a perfectly imperfect whole human being.

Enchanted Breaths are the “ahh, the haha and the aha! of life.”
Gratitude to Sage Segal for the beautiful photo of the leaf and the acorn.

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