This week’s Wind of Spirit is No Wind; the doldrums. Action is suspended.

When you need a break, invoke this pause: the energy of stillness.

Most cultures around the world have an expression for “No Wind.” According to Homer, no wind ever shook the peace at Mount Olympus; this heavenly spot was a sacred, peaceful refuge for the gods. In Polynesia, Hāʻole is a slang term used to describe foreigners who are lacking in breath, wind, or spirit.[1] To a Buddhist, the state of nirvana, which means “no wind,” is a sacred place beyond ego consciousness. In the Bible, wind is synonymous with the Holy Spirit, which leaves the physical body upon death. Aristotle marked two specific points on the Compass Card, southeast and southwest, as “No Wind.” These points signify places of stillness where there is no opposition from local crosswinds.

Attempting to tame disruptive winds is a common theme in native folk tales worldwide. In one Hopi tale, the protagonist uses cornmeal to block the opening of wind cave at Sunset Crater. In a Chippewa story, Nanabozho sought revenge on his enemy by commanding the wind to be still,and allow the heat of the sun to boil the waters of the lake. A Penobscot tale speaks about fierce winds interfering with Gluscabi’s duck hunting. In response, the woodchuck binds the wings of Wind Eagle to stop him from blowing. To avoid further destruction, Gluscabi liberates the bird with an agreement: “It is good that the wind should blow sometimes, and other times it is good that it should be still.” [1]

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Although the importance of a flowing breeze cannot be denied, moments of calm and stillness can serve as opportunities for personal spiritual growth. These gaps in space and time are rest points in eternity; much like midnight, where one day ends and a new day begins. On windless seas, sailors drift. No Wind signifies stillness, silence, and suspended activity. In the same way that there are rest points between the inhalation and exhalation of breath, nature orchestrates tranquil spaces in your life. As Claude Debussy expressed, “Music is the space between the notes.” In nature, timing is everything; that is why comedians pause before delivering the punch line.

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This week, stagnation reared its head when I discovered that my bank account had been hacked. The bankers correction prevented myself and others from accessing my funds. My book was in the hands of  an editor, so my forward movement was suspended. Everything in the world seems up-in-the-air. In one instance, there was frustration with the bank, while the second situation offered an opportunity for me to take a much needed rest, after devoting myself to early morning writings for thirty consecutive days. December can be a busy time of year. This Wind is encouraging you to stop and pause.

This week is about stillness, and why stagnation is showing up in your life.

We need these breaks, as Change seems to be Constant Ally and Navigating Change Can be Hard.

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[1] Charles W. Kenn (August 1944). “What is a Haole?”. Paradise of the Pacific. p. 16.

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