#16
December, 2005

Imbue and Imbibe

The holidays are here again. This can be a stressful time for most of us, and a difficult time for many. Stick with your Breath and Water practice to maintain your balance. Continue to practice generosity of spirit.

One of the practices you're using with your breathing is to decide what energy you want to do your day in, then fill yourself with that energy while you breathe for 5 minutes. Remember? Well, here's another idea for keeping yourself intact and centered during the holidays. Imbue your water with that same quality.

For example, say that I choose "appreciating the beauty all around me" as my quality in the morning. For 5 minutes, I breathe and I feel myself filled with the energy of appreciating the beauty all around me. Then, during the day, as I drink my water, I imbue the water with the energy of appreciating the beauty all around me.

Here's how: I pick up my glass of water, close my eyes, inhale and feel myself filled again with the energy of appreciating the beauty all around me. As I exhale I direct, see, sense, or imagine the water filled with that energy also. Then I drink it. I imbue the water, then I imbibe it. Imbue one glass at a time, or imbue a larger amount to drink during the day.

Two things happen. First, using my intent and my breath to focus the energy of "appreciating the beauty all around me" into the water actually does change the water. The water is imbued with that quality, it contains that energy. And I receive that quality as I drink the water.

Also, as often as I bless the water, and as often as I drink the blessed water, I remind myself of my intent from the morning to do my day with the energy of appreciating the beauty all around me. It keeps me present to my intent.

Try it. Practice it. Use it a lot.

And happy holidays!