* A Different Kind of Kite

I love this metaphor for seeing our breath as the string of our kite.

girl flying kite

“The mind is like a kite, flying here and there,

and the breath is like the string of the kite, generally bringing the mind back into the present moment.

The breath brings the mind, which is all over the place, back to its source, a natural state of peacefulness and joy.”

Ravi Shankar

18 responses to “* A Different Kind of Kite

  1. Val, this post makes me think so much of our wonderful Nobel prize-winning poet, Seamus Heaney, and this great poem:

    A Kite for Aibhín

    After ‘L’Aquilone’ by Giovanni Pascoli (1855-1912)

    Air from another life and time and place,
    Pale blue heavenly air is supporting
    A white wing beating high against the breeze,

    And yes, it is a kite! As when one afternoon
    All of us there trooped out
    Among the briar hedges and stripped thorn,

    I take my stand again, halt opposite
    Anahorish Hill to scan the blue,
    Back in that field to launch our long-tailed comet.

    And now it hovers, tugs, veers, dives askew,
    Lifts itself, goes with the wind until
    It rises to loud cheers from us below.

    Rises, and my hand is like a spindle
    Unspooling, the kite a thin-stemmed flower
    Climbing and carrying, carrying farther, higher

    The longing in the breast and planted feet
    And gazing face and heart of the kite flier
    Until string breaks and—separate, elate—

    The kite takes off, itself alone, a windfall.
    Seamus Heaney

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    • Hi Jenna, glad you enjoyed this one! I put * s in front because in this theme on the sidebar its difficult to tell one post from the next… It looked like words running into each other. * makes it easier to see each title. Thanks for asking. Val x

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