your child is a boat on the ocean

June 28th, 2015


Your child is a boat on the ocean. There are clear skies and calm nights. There are storms and rain and fog. You cannot control the course. Every time you exhale, the boat is carried safely toward the horizon, its distant harbor and home.

You are the breeze.

Paying attention to the natural movement of the breath teaches you everything. The breath is totally present. It can’t happen anytime but now. There is no past breath or future breath. There is no secret to the breath, and nothing to figure out. Breath is the utterly perfect function of pure being. We are soothed, strengthened, amazed and made grateful by the breath, which is life. There’s nothing more to want or wish for.

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  1. wise and beautiful.

    Comment by ayala — June 28, 2015 @ 9:36 am

  2. I am always wringing my hands over how I can help my son navigate his waters. Thank you, dear Maezen, not just for the lesson, but also in delivering it so beautifully. The way you string words together is a gift. XOClare

    Comment by Clare — June 28, 2015 @ 6:07 pm

  3. Thank you for this profound message.

    Comment by Suzanne — June 29, 2015 @ 5:15 am

  4. This made me laugh. Our daughter was on an overnight camping trip with her class and when they were in bed one of her friends couldn’t fall asleep. “Just focus on your breathing” our daughter told her friend.
    Have a wonderful day!

    Comment by Simone — July 9, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

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