My Walk

My Walk by Joy Truscott Inspired by a walk on the beach in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa
My Walk by Joy Truscott Inspired by a walk on the beach in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa

My Walk

By Joy Truscott – Inspired after a walk on our Jeffrey’s Bay Beach

Walking on the beach I see the footsteps forming behind my path.  I look back and see that the line of steps is not in a straight line, even though I thought I was walking a direct route.  The pathway curves gently around the slight impressions of the sand mounds.  I was not even aware that I had been following the contours of the earth.

I walk now with a sense of purpose, placing each foot gently on the earth.  Where the sand is hard and unyielding the steps are barely visible and where the sand is soft, I see my mark pressed into the ground.  I understand that the world can be like the sand.  Soft and yielding at times, allowing me to leave an impression that is well formed and noticeable.  At other times, the earth is hard and unrelenting.  I have still traveled that way yet the mark I leave is known only to me, so slight is it.

The wind blows towards me and lifts my hair and my spirits, bringing in the smell of the ocean.  The breath of life.  I breathe it in through my nostrils, recharging my energy and my soul.  The wind dances on the sand and lifts the edges from the footprints, smoothing the indentations and sometimes covering them up entirely.  Still, I know that I walked that way.

I stop to see, to breathe, to rest a while.  My prints are behind me and not yet made ahead of me.  I see the expanse of clear sand washed beach and feel the tingle of anticipation realizing that the steps I am to take from this moment on are the ones I wish to make.  From this point of pause I can decide which direction I choose to walk; how firmly I intend to place my feet; how far I intend to take myself along the route.

All the while the scene is changing - I am changing
All the while the scene is changing – I am changing

All the while around me the air is changing; the wind the light, and the  scenery.  It might be the same place it was moments before, but now it looks different.  I am aware of the ever-changing, moving and shifting of the atmosphere.  As I walk, I adjust my jacket to shield me from the cooling air.  I adjust me.  The scene will always change.  How can I possibly think that it will stay the same?  I am not the same.  I make the changes in me that allow me to stay in the changing scene.  I move myself across the path, following the curves and avoiding the beach debris.  Before, I never considered how amazing this ability within me actually is.  Now I am aware and grateful.  So much goes on within me that I am unconscious to.  What an amazing, resilient being I am!

God is in every detail
God is in every detail

At times I look down and find treasures along the path.  Tiny, beautifully formed shells in vivid colors.  Fragile and perfect, until an idle step shatters them.  Some things will not survive on our walk through life.  We are bound to fracture something along the way.  Nature forgives by supplying abundance.  I give thanks for the abundance.  I forgive generously and earnestly.

Pattern in Everything
Pattern in Everything

I look up and see the expanse of sky.  Even the horizons are not the end.  There is more.  So much more.  I could feel small and unseen in the vastness, but I feel held and loved.  I am part of this wondrous creation and loved as much as the tiniest shell.  I see the purpose and the plan for even the smallest of creatures.  Each life interlocking in exquisite precision.  Without one, the cycle cannot sustain itself.  I long to have all of mankind see this picture; this connection.

The wind has blown patterns in the sand.  The bits of drift wood hold similar patterns.  The sea snails weave their hieroglyphic messages in the wet sand.

There is a pattern for all beings.  We are part of an intricate tapestry.  The thread that holds us all together is the breath of life.  We are encapsulated in the same pod of earth.  Sustained by the same light and Source.

Driftwood and Shambles
Driftwood and Shambles

The reflections of the mountains and the clouds shine in the water washed beach.  The earth reflects the sky.  The sky reflects the earth.  Heaven and Earth.  Ying and Yang, Good and Difficult.  Ease and Challenge.  It is all one.  The separation is in our seeing of it.

Earth Reflects Sky
Earth Reflects Sky

I turn to walk back, my footprints still showing along some of the journey.  I try to walk inside my step.  My haltering steps are laboured.  I cannot place my feet in the same mark without walking backwards and looking over my shoulder.  This is ridiculous and makes me laugh.  I stumble and fall.  In life why would I consider trying to retrace my old steps?  They do not fit me anymore.  I cannot walk them with the same sense of trust and ease.  I have to concentrate so much on each step in order to “get it right”, that I cannot enjoy the journey.  The unrealistic expectation could leave me disappointed and unfulfilled, if this was a serious walk-for-life.

Luckily for me, I can choose to even dance some of the way.  I step and leap, swirl and sway, leaving a myriad of different prints to show the movement of flow and ease.  My spirits are lifted and I feel as light as the seagulls that swoop overhead.  I have moved a great distance and haven’t even been aware of labour.  My dancing feet have freed me from the stilted, restricted, concentrated, self-imposed labouring walk.  I choose to dance more.

It is the end of the meander now and I look back over the path and feel a sense of light and satisfaction for giving myself this time of life.  I have moved over rocks, hard and soft sinking sand and I have adjusted to each change and moved on.  The wind has blown and it has been hot at times.  Still, I danced and laughed and I will keep on dancing and laughing, even when my footprints can no longer be seen by others.  I know that I have participated regardless of the visible impression left behind.  That has made all the difference to me.

... and that has made all the difference to me ....
… and that has made all the difference to me ….

The Guest House – Rumi


 This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.


A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.


Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.


The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.


Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.



Life is a Journey

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

Father Alfred D’Souza


Happiness is a journey not a destination 
x Joy x 

Breathing Lesson Seven

Lesson Seven

The Physical Perfection Breath




Sit or stand straight, making sure that the spine is help in good posture.


Inhale a Complete Breath.  Allow your body to become rigid with the buttocks tight and feet firmly on the ground.  Arms strongly at the sides, hand tensed and strong.


Inhale as you extend your arms straight out in front of you with the hands level with the shoulders, palms of the hands touching.  Keep the arms tight but not rigid.  Allow your feet to feel like they are anchoring you to the floor.  Keep the shoulders back and down, neck held with no tension. 


Hold the breath as you swing the arms outward to the sides, (making a cross with your body and arms).   Feel like you are opening outward with the arms and opening your chest, arms becoming more rigid  as you swing back and forward.  Still holding your breath do this three times and quickly bring your arms to your sides, exhale vigorously, inhale and relax into reverent position, head down and hold yourself in Loving Light.


Rest and start again for another few cycles.

Breathing Lesson Six

Lesson Six

The Inspirational Breath



Sit or stand straight, making sure that the spine is help in good posture.


Inhale a Complete Breath.  Allow your body to become rigid with the buttocks tight and feet firmly on the ground. 


As you inhale raise both straight arms simultaneously, palms downwards, slowly moving the arms outward from the sides until the back of the hands touch above the head.  Lock the thumbs together if you can and make sure that you are still standing firmly on the ground.


Retain the breath for a couple of seconds.


Now lower the hands to 45 degrees, exhaling a little air vigorously through the whistling lip gesture.  You should look like you are making a V sign with your arms upwards. 


Lower the arms a little more until they are level with the shoulders while you vigorously exhale some more.


Then lower again a little and let more breath escape, keeping the body and chest firm al the while.


As your arms reach your sides now, breathe out the last of the air by pressing the abdomen inward.


Begin by doing the cycle three times and slowly build up until you are able to do seven cycles.


In the final position, stand reverently and relaxed, head bowed forward but body maintaining good posture. 


Work with affirmations and awareness to make the life force your healing.

Breathing Lesson Five

Lesson Five

The Revitalizing Breath




The Revitalizing Breath is also called the “Complete Breath” or the “Basic Breath.”  Care must be taken to align the body correctly for the full benefit to be gained.


Stand straight or sit upright, making sure that the spine is as straight as possible.


Begin by inhaling through the nostrils, inhaling steadily and not too slowly.  Breathe deeply into the abdomen, filling the lower part of the lungs, then the middle part and then the upper part.  As you reach the full end of the breath, the abdomen will begin to pull up slightly.  Keep the arms and hands in a state of tension and buttocks locked below the spine.


Hold the breath for about  30 seconds then exhale vigorously through the teeth, lips placed as if you are about to whistle.  Do not allow the chest to slump, hold the chest firmly extended and draw the abdomen in and upwards as if you are pressing the air from the body. 


Inhale and relax the chest, the head with chin near chest in a reverential pose.  Do some regular breaths until you are ready to repeat the Revitalizing Breath.  Be aware as you rest a while that you are drawing in the Energy of the Divine; the Life Force.


In your mind, say some affirmations to guide the process and mind-body connection to wellness and vitality.


Breathing Lesson Four

Lesson Four

The Vibratory or Memory Developing Breath



The Vibratory Breath is excellent for maintaining excellent health, energy and also excellent for developing memory.


This breath work is best practiced immediately upon arising in the morning, preferably before an open window with limited clothing.


Sit straight on a chair or stool.  Place your hands on the thighs, palms downward.

Feet firmly on the ground with heels touching and toes slightly outward. 

Relax your shoulders and make sure there is no tension in the neck. 


Gently begin rocking the head backwards and then forwards letting the chin come to the chest. 


As the head swings back, take a deep breath through the nostrils.


As the head swings gently forwards and downwards, exhale with a deep, forceful out breath through the teeth.


Allow the movement to feel like a pendulum of a clock, gentle and precise, no strain.  Try to do a cycle of seven in and out breaths, rest and then repeat.  Work until you are able to do seven cycles of the vibratory breath.

The breath should be drawn in by the time the head comes to rest in the back and open position.  The breath should be complete once the chin comes towards the chest with the exhale.


Once complete, sit quietly and rest with the palms facing upward.

Breathing Lesson Three

Lesson Three

Nose and Mouth Breathers


“Nose breathing leads to Life: Mouth breathing leads to death” Edward J. Dingle


Many people breathe through their mouth and for those who take in most of their breaths this way, especially when they are sleeping, often awake in the morning feeling tired and un-refreshed.


When we breathe through our nostrils we are creating two streams or currents which bring life force into our system.  There is a positive and a negative charge that comes from the nostril breaths.


The right nostril – (Pingala):

With every inhalation through the right nostril a positive electrical current flows down the right side of the spine.  This energy is the heating energy or solar energy.  The reaction is beneficial to the nervous system.  The right side of the body is under the positively charged influence – corresponding to the East.


The left nostril – (Ida):

With every inhalation through the left nostril a negative current flows down the left side of the spine.  This is the cooling or lunar energy.  The reaction is beneficial for the blood system.  The left side of the body is under negative influence – corresponding to the West.


The lungs are then charged with the positive energy and the negative energy – this bringing balance, flow and harmony to the body.


Dominant Left Nostril Breathers:

This person tends to appear bloodless, listless, heavy and lacks ambition.  Is sleepy and may even have a slightly larger left nostril.


Dominant Right Nostril Breathers:

This person tends to be quick-tempered, nervy, irritable, anaemic, and always striving to do more than is reasonably possible.  This person tends to suffer with poor health and may view the world from the perspective that “everything is wrong in the world” or have a strong sense of being a victim of life.


The Balanced Breather:

This person tends to be calm, confident and happy.  This person believes that life is working for him and not against him.  She is able to see the good in others and is full of abounding energy.  This person displays poise and power and is strong in both mind and body.



1.                  Place the middle finger of the right hand on your forehead, the position between the eyebrows. 

2.                  Close the left nostril gently with your little finger and breathe in fully through the right nostril.

3.                  Close the right nostril with your thumb and breathe out the left nostril.

4.                  Breath in the left nostril – keeping your thumb closing the right nostril.

5.                  Close the left nostril and breathe out the right nostril.


Keep alternating conscious breaths in and out each nostril.  Relax as you do this. 


For those who struggle to get to sleep, this exercise will help enormously to slow the body down to rhythmic flow and aid sleep.


Breathing Lesson Two


Lesson Two



All of life is rhythm and flow, we see this in nature and in our bodies.  Ebb and flow of the seas, wax and wane of the moon, day to night and day again, seasons, life and death to life again. 


This is flow creates harmony.  We can choose to work against the flow of life and increase our struggles, or we can accept the flow and move with it.  Working with our breath is a reminder of this flow, this rhythm. 


For some strange reason we mixed up the idea of how to breathe.  Watch a young child breathe.  The belly rises with each inhalation and sinks with each out breath.  Pay attention to your breath now.  How is it working in your body?  Are you just sipping tiny gasps of air, because you have to, or are you breathing with awareness and drawing the air and life force into you? 


Focus on breathing in through the nostrils, slowly expanding the body to receive.  Then breathe out through t, slowly releasing and allowing the body to relax. 


We accept and take in the new.  We release with gratitude that which is done and past – making way for the new breath, the new beginning.  In each moment of breathing we are Being in the Moment.  Being Present with What Is.


The more even and rhythmic the breathing, the more Vital Energy we bring into our bodies.


Breathing Exercises – Lesson One

Lesson One

Imagine having lessons on Breathing.  Seems so silly!  So let’s see how much you know on this subject:

We need to breathe to live. (oh how horribly obvious is that! Surely we all know this).

The best breathers live the longest and get the most out of life.

Breath is Life

The infant breath intake in this orb of earth is the first of all the breaths that will mark the journey of the person towards their last breath in this pod.

Breathing is our MOST important function and yet so few of us stop and give this function the slightest attention.  All survival of our outer and inner being relies on the quality of the breath with which we nourish our bodies.  Our physical and mental health; our happiness and self-control, our view point and perspective of life and our morale, all depend on the breath.  Our blood needs this air to purify and cleanse our system.  With proper breathing our physical appearance changes, lines leave our face and the body seems to be more balanced and well.

“God made man and breathed into him an immortal soul” . ..”breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life”.

The air we breathe has this Vital Force, Absolute Energy, the Essence of Life, it is all around us, connecting one life force to another, a Divine Thread that holds us in Life. This Life Force is the energy that the Soul uses.  This Vital Force is not oxygen or air, it is contained within the air.  Should we breathe in air that has none of this Life Force, we would die.

As we breathe with Conscious Awareness, we can take in this Vital Life Force and use it as Energy.  We can even store this Energy and in so doing create a power storage system within us.

Air, Life Force, Vital Energy is FREE.

Just as the body uses the oxygen in the air for the blood and circulatory system, so the Vital Energy Force that is within the air,  is carried to the nervous system, adding strength and vitality to the person – their every thought, deed and action, every muscle, nerve and fibre in the body relies upon this Force.

We are how we breathe.

As we breathe
so do we think
as we think
so we create
as we create in Awareness
we bring Light and Love

Let your breath be your Life
Let your Life be a Blessing to all Beings

Blessings x Joy