Breath by breath we take the cosmos in Pulse by pulse, drumbeat of the heart.
The geese flock north, again the swallows come; Every plant that flowers, the promise of its seed.
Lit by sun, lit by moon, lit by stars, Breath by breath our inner light let shine.
Hand on heart — kin, kindred, kind, Mortal in earthrise, radiant diamond mind.
Coal, under enormous pressure in the earth, turns into diamond. It was clear by Easter we were heading into a time that would put huge pressure on all of us, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and financially – but especially on our bodies. We are all only one breath away from the void. We have become hyper-sensitive to bodily processes, to our heartbeat, to our blood pulsing and especially to our breathing. I have a long-time interest in meditation and tai chi, and I hoped these practices would stand to me in this time of immense stress and pressure. And they have. Breath by breath. Radiant diamond mind.
Read by Marie Mullen