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On snowflakes and breathing
Do you remember the moment when someone told you that no two snowflakes are exactly alike?
When I first heard that, it felt like I had experienced a miracle. The idea that snowflakes were individually shaped seemed impossible, and so I went outside and looked closely as a snowflake fell on my coat.
And then another.
It was true. They weren't the same!
Excited, I ran inside to show my parents of my discovery. I remember my disappointment as the snowflakes melted before my eyes.
If you take even just a few minutes to watch your breathing it will become obvious to you that each breath is like a snowflake: fleeting, unique, and then gone.
Just follow along without judging, thinking, liking or condemning. Instead of demanding that your breathing be a certain way, see how it actually is - each breath different from the last.
As for the breath, so also for every moment of our lives: fleeting, unique, and then gone. We can resist that truth, but if you try to hold your breath the body will soon teach you that you have to let go.
There is so much to learn from snowflakes, or a simple breath!