Follow the Breath

Breathe in…   breath out.  Isn’t it amazing how this simple act provides life giving oxygen to the entire body? How many times do we do this without even noticing? Unless you have a medical condition that makes breathing difficult you may even take this for granted.

I finally learned how to breathe in my forties.  Until then my breaths were so shallow Bob sometimes wondered if I was breathing.  Learning to breathe was one of the beginning steps on the road to health for me.

Breathe in…  breathe out.  Following the breath is one way to calm the mind.  We do this in meditation.  In a meditation tradition I practice we also follow the breath into the Silence where God awaits.

Please take a few minutes for this guided breathing meditation with Kim Eng.

National Picnic Day — A Day Late



Picnic shelter overlooking Platte River  Copyright R.A. Robbins 2012 Image copyright 2011 by R.O & R.A. Robbins
Picnic shelter overlooking Platte River
Image copyright 2011 by R.O & R.A. Robbins

Yesterday was National Picnic Day and yes, I found it too late.  But better late than never, right?  I am a big fan of eating outside.   Actually I am a big fan of getting outside any way possible, but eating outside in nature is special.  Breathing the fresh air and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, just makes food taste better.  Plus you have the added benefit of feeling like there’s no hurry, you can just relax and enjoy your meal.

We just had our deck stained and we are using it much more than we did last summer.  While we still enjoy packing a picnic and going somewhere we are also enjoying taking our lunch or dinner out on the patio and enjoying the fresh air and being serenaded by bird song.

So on this glorious spring day here in Oklahoma, I encourage you to get outside.  While you’re at it pack a lunch and make a day of it.

Thought for Today

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.  If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”  — Buddha