“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”
― Kahlil Gibran,
We take air for granted. Unless we are inflicted with respiratory challenges or live in a place where the air smells like snakes, we breathe in and exhale without effort or thought. Where the air is perfumed with scent and blossoms, we breathe deeply. We also may pause to appreciate the utter freshness of brand new air at its source…the ocean.
While air in the eastern states is sticky humid and in the desert west oven dry, air brought in from ocean waves invites us to recognize the pureness of our breath in order to maximize health and a sense of well being.
While I’d like to believe the ocean air is concocted by Thor or cloud nymphs with wands, it is our invaluable source of life, El Sol, that creates the wind. Uneven heating of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere causes hot air in some areas, and cooler air elsewhere. This difference in temperature and pressure causes wind.
And what atoms comprise the wind? There’s oxygen from ocean plants in every breath we take. Most of this oxygen comes from the sea garden of tiny ocean plants – called phytoplankton – that live near the water’s surface and drift with the currents. Like all green plants, they photosynthesize – magically using sunlight and carbon dioxide to make food. A byproduct of photosynthesis is oxygen. This is the perfect relationship: our need for oxygen, green plants requiring our carbon dioxide. Breathing in, breathing out. ~