Mind is Like a Kite

The theme that is emerging in my posts right now is about quietening the mind and finding peace there. When I am feeling challenged I will search through earlier posts to remind myself of the wisdom that I have shared … and to bring it home again. Enjoy this metaphor… and come back to your breath. You are in control of your 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

37 thoughts on “Mind is Like a 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 AibhΓ­n

    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 andβ€”separate, elateβ€”

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


    • 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


  2. Yes indeed Val our mind is indeed so slippery and cannot be controlled by force. But if we start observing our breath calmly the turbulence in our mind will steadily subside and become tranquil.

    Thanks and best regards.

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