Your Cousins

Every breath you take comes from a tree (sorry if I just planted an earworm in your head).

Think about that.
It’s easy to forget, isn’t it? 

Every breath you take is oxygen that was released from a tree.

We have a symbiotic relationship with trees. Our every exhale is an offering to them. It’s like a constant gift exchange! 

It’s easy to forget that our bodies are of the earth!

It’s easy to forget that the calcium in our bones is the same calcium that’s found in rocks, shells and minerals. That the water in our blood, lymph, tears, and saliva is a cousin to the water in the ocean, rivers and rain. The electricity that runs through your nerves to tell your muscles to move is related to the lighting you saw in last week’s thunderstorm. The air that turned into a mighty wind in that storm–that air that’s all around you right now–is the stuff that trees are giving out all the time . . . and that you are taking into your lungs in this breath right here.
And this one.
And this one.
When I pause to remember how interdependent I am with all the elements of this planet, I quickly fall into awe and gratitude. What a complex system! And we’re just a little piece of it.
Since this is the month of gratitude, Thanksgiving, I’ll intentionally pause a little more often just to tune into this interconnectivity. Will you join me? I’d love to hear your thoughts (shoot me an email!).
In gratitude,

Photo Credit: Victoria Palacios on Unsplash

Published by Michelle

Michelle Stortz, C-IAYT, ERYT500, MFA, is a certified yoga therapist specializing in yoga for cancer and chronic illness. She teaches in numerous medical settings throughout the Philadelphia area. Michelle also teaches mindful meditation. She has been studying in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition for the past 15 years and has also trained in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction curriculum. She leads retreats and group classes and works with individuals in private sessions.

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