Writers, of course, are obliged by our professions to spend much of our time going nowhere. Our creations come not when we’re out in the world, gathering impressions, but when we’re sitting still, turning those impressions into sentences. Our job, you could say, is to turn, through stillness, a life of movement into art. – Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness
Shhhhhhhhhh. Shhhhhhhhhhh. Ocean breath. Inhale and exhale with a shhhhh, lips gently parted. When practiced standing, in tadasana, this breath can lend a feeling of stability and grounding. When practiced seated, on the floor, in a chair, maybe even behind the wheel of your vehicle, the breath may soothe. In constructive rest, the breath could turn into a restful meditation.
Allow the exhalation to extend and smooth, imagining it passing through the soles of the feet or through the perineum. You might find the exhalation lengthening in relation to the inhalation. You may find the inhalation sweeping in effortlessly and evenly as a wave.
“I am a man who regrets the loss of his fur and his tail.” – Loren Eiseley
Response to color is a response to energy, the radiance and the reflection of light.
– John Hay, Nature’s Year
When the sun comes out, it warms the body through,
And when the wind rises, it cools off the great earth.
The human heart must face so very many obstacles
That only the way of the sages can scatter and dispel.
– from the poem “Living in Seclusion in the Nanyue Mountains” by Xingche, translated by Beata Grant in “Daughters of Emptiness: Poems of Chinese Buddhist Nuns”
Living, the whole body carries its meaning and tells its own story, standing, sitting, walking, awake or asleep.
– The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd
We need not worry about appearance, because the balanced posture is bound to be beautiful.
– from The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd
When you take a step as a free person, all your ancestors present in every cell of your body are also walking in freedom.
— Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Breath
The Way Up
The way up is the way back.
– Heraclitus, from Fragments, translated by Brooks Haxton
Aesthetics of Being a Sailboat
Go this way and that
Have a reflection
Be upside down
– Kenneth Koch, from the poem “On Aesthetics” in One Train