Autumn Breath

It’s the season of the Lung.

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar beautifully writes about breathing and being in his book The Astrological Houses: The Spectrum of Individual Experience:

“- the act of breathing defines the first moment of individualized existence. At the moment of the first breath a valve in the heart closes, blood rushes into the lungs, and the two essential living rhythms of the human organism, the rhythm of the blood and that of the breathing, are established in a particular way.”

“To be born as a potential individual person is to breathe. It is for this reason that the yogi who aspires to merge [her] individuality with the universal Whole practices pranayama- literally, death of the breath. [She] willfully disindividualizes and depersonalizes [her] total being, or at least [her] consciousness.”

“To be, to breathe, to begin and always and forever to begin again, to meet and reveal the presence of God and the power of creative selfhood in every experience, to speak with authority in terms of one’s dharma: these are words. Meditating upon these words may lead the perceptive individual to the very source of his or her own being.”