A Year of the Tao – Day Seventeen

“Between heaven and earth is a space like a bellows; empty and inexhaustible, the more it is used, the more it produces.”  From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)

A bellows is like a reversible vacuum: Opening the handles draws in air; squeezing the handles together expels the air—ostensibly in the desired direction such as on the embers of a fire.  So why is there such a thing located in the spiritual realm according to this verse?  I think I’ve already answered my question: to fan the flames of my passions.  A life lived without passion is no life at all.

With every breath the Divine draws me to a deeper realization of a connection that is eternal.  With every breath the more I recognize the Truth that nothing can separate me from God. With every breath the more this infinite union produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—what the Scriptures call the fruit of the Spirit—or passion fruit if you will—in me, in you, in every breathing human being. (Galatians 5:22-23)

With every breath passion is restored. 

With every breath…


About Karen Nicholson

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~ John Milton Writing about these moments of awe has been a driving force of my life for, well, as long as I can remember. Coupled with a devotion to sunrises and sunsets that defies explanation, a combination of the two seemed like the right thing to do. I welcome you to my world. May it be a blessing to yours.
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One Response to A Year of the Tao – Day Seventeen

  1. Bob Trost says:

    As part of my surgical recovery regime, I have to us a spirometer(?) to breathe in 10 every hour in order to increase my lung capicity to make up for time in the hospital and recovery when I don’t use my lungs (especially lower part) to its fullest. The slow steady intake of air and then holding it for a few seconds draws healing air into my body to refresh, renew, and restore…………

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