During this pause, when all activities have been cancelled and life feels like it is crawling, I have found myself breathing deeper. I have started to consciously create time to focus on my breathing. I find myself craving the quiet of meditation when even my brain is in a pause, even if the pause lasts just a couple of minutes. I have been educated on the benefits of breath work, I have even taken some classes. Yet, it just never stuck. With everything around me slowing down it feels so critical to make sure I am breathing for life, not just existence. For some reason it feels as though I am breathing for more than just myself. I am breathing for those who can’t because of the virus. I am breathing for those who are wrapped in fear. I am breathing for the vulnerable and the confused. I am breathing for the earth. Each conscious breath is like a prayer as we move through this crisis. I imagine humans across the globe assisting others in the same way. Together we become the lungs, creating a new and healthy rhythm together. Our hearts beat in unison for all living beings, each inhale fills the collective lungs with love and peace and healing, each exhale we release old, pent up wounds, deeply held fears and anger. The new is waiting for us to breath it in, I imagine it will fill my nostrils like the fresh sweetness of spring blossoms. The old, worn out belief patterns are longing to be released. They have served their time, the reasons they were created are from the past and ready to be let go. There are times holding on serves us and there are times when it serves us to let go. Along with breathing consciously I am taking time to figure out where I need to let go. Taking time to thank those habits and patterns that at one time served me but are now ready to be let go. It is spring, a time of rebirth. As I watch my apple tree budding and getting ready to bloom in all her glory, it is also time for me to bravely grow and bloom. I will take time to observe how nature will be rebirthing this spring and going within to see how I can also rebirth into who I am meant to be at this time. I hope you will tune into nature and be inspired to grow and blossom as well.