This week’s Wind of Spirit is No Wind; the doldrums. There is no point in trying to force anything because action is suspended. If 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. 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.
The Importance of Ceremony During the Pause
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.” 
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 aimlessly. 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.When the wind in your life comes to a standstill, be like a wise sailor, patiently waiting for the winds to shift.Click To Tweet
This week is about stillness, and why stagnation is showing up in your life. Ask, then Release.
We need these breaks, as Change seems to be a Constant Ally, and Navigating Change Can be Difficult.
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 Charles W. Kenn (August 1944). “What is a Haole?”. Paradise of the Pacific. p. 16.