Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth
find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature –
the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
– Anton Chekhov
which is said to represent all of
the consciousness that has ever existed
in this galaxy.
This is all of our physical ancestors,
human, animal, reptile, fish, shell fish, plants as well
as the consciousness which organized all of the raw material from a whirling disk into stars, planets and solar systems.
Big Meaning. So big that the original Maya had no symbol for this. In their civilization it was like
having no name for God. Just knowing the concept was good enough. Later this pattern
was devised by Toltec or Zapatec weavers as a pattern for blankets and this is where Jose Arguelles
came across it.
He called it Hunab Ku. The indigenous peoples call it “The Galactic Butterfly”. Butterflies are seen
as ancestors returning for a visit to physicality. Wearing one of these symbols is very powerful as it broadcasts your reaching to actively join the consciousness of our galaxy.
this piece can be purchased in a variety of sizes
Water is one of the most universal signs throughout the world. Although it varies from culture to culture, water is usually connected to emotions, feelings, intuition, psychic perceptions, and the subconscious mind. Water can also represent fertility, as the Spring rains bring life to the land. Water can also represent new creative potential.
And, let us not forget, water is life.
Mixed Media, with found shells, bamboo, beads, old scarves and crystals. Painted with watercolor, oil pastels and acrylics.
Made with a lot of love. 12×12 canvas. Sold as original only.
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(color more true in image above – iphone!)
Why nasal breathing?
Research has found that breathing through your mouth means that you miss out on much of the oxygen – up to 90 percent – your body needs to support your organs, tissues, and cells. Without this oxygen, you face the risk of damage to your body and tissue and cell death. Over long periods, living with reduced oxygen levels can leave you at risk of developing a severe illness or even a chronic health condition, such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.
Many reports I have read on my quest for stress reduction agree, when you breathe through your nose, you get more oxygen compared to what you take in when you breathe through your mouth.
Other benefits of nasal breathing include:
The air you take in is filtered by tiny hairs (cilia) in your nose to remove germs and environmental debris. The cilia also warm the air that you have taken in before it travels to your lungs.
Breathing through your nose allows you to take deeper breaths – which engages the lower lungs. When the lower lungs become active, they pump out more oxygen to the rest of your body. More oxygen means more support your cells and maintains healthy tissue and organ function.
Deeper breaths mean that oxygen is in your lungs longer, and your body can covert more oxygen to carbon dioxide waste. Reduction of carbon dioxide levels in the body helps to maintain your blood pH levels. When there is less carbon dioxide in the blood also means that your cells experience less stress and free radicals are reduced.
Another discovered benefit of nasal breathing is that when the lower lungs are engaged a calming effect happens. This is because the lower lungs contain the parasympathetic (calming) nerve receptors of the body. When these nerves are activated, they tell the brain to send calming hormones to battle stress.
When you breathe through your mouth, the body activates its sympathetic (stress) nerves. When these nerves turn on, they tell the brain to send the stress hormone cortisol and turn on the immune system and increase to prepare for an “attack”. If you regularly breathe your mouth, your body believes it is under attack all of the time, leaving you with chronic, damaging inflammation.
Breathing through your nose can be especially beneficial during your forest walks to help ower your stress levels and help you to tune in closer to your surroundings – the sights and the sounds and the “feels” …
Enjoy the trail! And, don’t forget to breathe.