“There are two ways to feel the wind: Climb into the open and be still, or keep moving.”
—Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Awakening
We all want to feel vital and alive. Feeling the wind on our skin when we are still lets us know that the world around us is alive. When we feel no breeze about us, we often tap our own stores of energy and take action to move in the world to feel something.
On most days, I take a walk around my housing development. One circuit is about eight-tenths of a mile and there are four primary segments that point in all four directions. During parts of my walks, I feel the wind directly in my face. Other times it comes toward me from the sides or from behind. It is in this last situation I can often make my walking pace equal to the speed of the breeze when only the aliveness from within my heart and breath can be felt.
Where and when do you feel the greatest sense of aliveness? Try some experiments of being still and doing something active to see what you discover.