Before we delve into something totally amazing, I want you to close your eyes and connect into your body. Take a deep breath in, pause for a moment and then let it out. Repeat a few times. Notice what it feels like.
When a breath enters our body, it brings in all the components of the surrounding air. This then interacts with all the cells in our body before being released back into the atmosphere. So you might see the logical link that breathing beings occupying a similar space will share part of the breath in some way.
But did you know that one of the components of air is the element Argon? It comprises only 1% of the troposphere which is the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere. But in that 1% is an astounding number of Argon atoms – about 3 X 10 to the 19th power. That’s 30,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms representing 60 trillion tons of Argon on the planet. And because Argon is an inert gas, it means that the amount we inhale is also the amount we exhale.
Astronomer Harlow Shapley has calculated that the Argon you have exhaled will cross the country within a week. A year from now those same atoms will have traveled the entire planet and 15 of those atoms will have made it back specifically to you.
But wait. It gets better. Shapley says that your next breath will contain 400,000 Argon atoms that Gandhi breathed during his long life, Argon atoms from conversations at the Last Supper, and from recitations by great classical poets like Shakespeare. Yes, that means that in your next breath, you are sharing Argon atoms once inhaled by Mozart, Buddha and the dinosaurs. We share the every human’s first and last breath. We inhale our ancestors and we exhale to all future generations.
So go ahead now and close your eyes again. Take a few more deep breaths in and out savouring this new knowledge. What do you notice? Has anything changed? Does the breath feel more sacred? Do you sense a deeper connection to all living things – past, present and future? Send me a note I’d love to hear about your insights and experiences.
love & pranams,