Daily Angel Oracle Card, from the Earth Magic Oracle Card deck, by Stephen D Farmer: Forest ~ Breath
Forest ~ Breath: “As we make our way across the meadow to the thicker parts of the forest, there is a subtle shift in the sensations in the body, one that might initially be barely perceptible but soon becomes undeniable. It’s nearly impossible not to take deeper breaths. The richness of the forest’s oxygen, given freely and generously from the trees (the Standing Ones) to us, is a natural exchange for the carbon dioxide we release every time we exhale. Further, the animals of the forest participate in this exchange as well in what is one of the most miraculous and remarkable collaborations between plants and animals that serve to help each other live and thrive.
The ratio of this oxygen to carbon dioxide exchange has been in balance for millennia but has been changing quite dramatically in the last several years as carbon dioxide levels have been rising. Yet there are many parts of the world where we can still enjoy the refreshing and revitalizing effects of an afternoon enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of a walk in the forest.
Through prayer and action, we can express our gratitude to these tree beings for the many gifts they provide, not the least of which is contributing to the very air we breathe. Things are different after a walk in the forest.
Your breathing is too shallow. Although it may feel natural, it is an unhealthy habit that causes this shortness of breath. When you subconsciously shorten your breath, no matter if this is habitual or triggered by some event or circumstance, it activates certain physiological signals that prepare your system for “fight or flight.” Another conditioned response to perceived danger is to hold your breath. This is your survival response, although it does not serve you to do so.
So… breathe! Inhale deeply, regardless of your concerns, worries, or problems; then let it go. Next, allow yourself to breathe a little deeper and slower a few times. Remember that every breath you inhale is a gift, and every breath you exhale is a gift. The forest is a clear reminder of how this works.”*
Breath is a Divine tool and can help us reach states of higher consciousness. Just being aware of our breathing can help us to become more grounded and focused; bringing us out of our “heads” and into the present moment. It can be used to calm us down, give us strength and it is vital fuel for our bodies. Yet, when stressed, often that awareness of our breath is the first thing to go! I am definitely guilty of both holding my breath when stressed, or breathing short and shallow breaths; neither of which is healthy for mind or body. I am working on it! I also notice that when my kids get upset, if I can get them to focus on taking a few deep breaths, they can talk rationally to me again.
Deep breathing is good for your heart, and gives nutritious oxygen to your whole body. So, right now while you are reading this, take a few deep cleansing breaths! As you breathe in, imagine breathing in the beautiful emerald-green healing light of the forest; the same green light that Archangel Raphael uses to heal. Imagine that light infusing love, peace, balance and harmony right into every single cell of your body. Even better, if you have the means, schedule some time in the forest for a hike or walk, enjoying the oxygen rich air and the connection to Mother Earth. We spend so much time indoors, with artificial light, and artificial air systems our bodies yearn for the great outdoors; the beach, the forest, a park, your garden, whatever appeals to you most. Get out there and breathe some fresh air! Your body, mind and spirit will thank you!