Action is Suspended. Movement comes to a standstill when you enter the doldrums.  Doldrums is a nautical term used to describe areas in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans along the equator where the prevailing winds are calm to non-existent; a place of inactivity.

When I pulled the Doldrum card, I was surprised; a busy day out of town travel awaited me. Within an hour of leaving the hotel, I could feel flu symptoms setting in as chills, aching muscles, and body stress suddenly appeared. Putting on a happy face, I proceeded as scheduled. By the end of the day, my nerves were frayed, as I boarded the last outbound plane and headed home. There is still lots to do, yet, my body has proclaimed no. I am grateful for my team of healer friends, that heal the symptoms quickly, while leaving me only with the message of time for rest.

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.[i] 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.

No Wind is a blank space that exists between every cycle. Every project, relationship, and experience in life has a natural rhythm that includes birth, growth, death, and regeneration. One who is fully awakened cherishes each moment as a precious gift from spirit. You can resist this energy or choose to wait patiently until conditions change.

When the wind in your life comes to a standstill, be like a wise sailor, patiently waiting for the winds to shift.


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

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