From: “LOVING THE EARTH” reflections on yogaecology, climate change, permaculture and community, the only thing missing is the unicorns (h/t to WUWT reader Hank Veild)
Meditation for Climate Change
This meditation came to me a week ago in meditation. I often let my consciousness and breath follow my spine up and down. Recently I learned a figure 8 breathing visualization from Kate Sutherland which helps to ground oneself.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, eyes closed and your attention on your breath. Sitting or lying down works too, but standing is the easiest way to start.
Inhale slowly and bring your awareness to your heart.
Exhale slowly and imagine your breath is traveling the front of your body and entering to the center of the Earth.
Inhale slowly and imagine you are drawing up energy from the center of the Earth, up the back of your body, and into your heart.
Exhale slowly and imagine that your breath is going from your heart up the front of your body as high as it can go – to the stars, heaven, the sun – whatever works for you.
Inhale slowly and imagine you are drawing energy down from the sky, down the back of your body and into your heart.
Continue breathing the same shape. Next time you exhale, imagine your breath is travelling down to the earth, to the reserves of oil and coal and gas. Imagine a protective sheet of shimmering light around them so they stay in the ground. See all the wells and pumps disappear from the reserves.
Inhale slowly and imagine you are drawing energy up from the Earth, into your heart.
Exhale slowly and imagine your breath is going from your heart up towards the sky, to the atmosphere. Visualize that you can see the carbon dioxide molecules (one carbon, 2 oxygen) and you are touching them gently, loving them and letting them transform into oxygen and carbon.
Inhale back to your heart, bringing the carbon atoms with you.
Exhale and imagine you are bringing your breath and the carbon atoms down down to the center of the Earth. Return the carbon. Smoothly pet tight the mines, the drilling holes.
Inhale up to your heart. Exhale up to the atmosphere. Love away the carbon dioxide.
Continue. Use your imagination to add other healing images. Now you are a channel for that change.
Repeat this figure eight as long as feels right – perhaps 5-20 cycles at the beginning. When you are familiar with this practice, 4 or 5 cycles is enough to feel quite grounded. To start, you can trace the figure of eight shape with one hand, as a way to help your awareness move.
When you are finished, you can write down or paint your experiences, or share them here!
“Exhale up to the atmosphere. Love away the carbon dioxide.”
This poor soul must have no clue that human breath contains ~ 40,000 parts per million of carbon dioxide.
Our exhaled breath contains about 4% CO2 That is 40,000 parts per million, or about 100 times the current atmospheric concentration.
Let’s hope he/she doesn’t “love away the carbon dioxide” to the point of hyperventilation.