Dare boldly

A blog by Louise Gallagher

Breathing into the great perfection


Holding onto nothing, I have all that I need.

Holding onto nothing, I become all that I am.

These thoughts drifted through my mind this morning as I sat in meditation, my senses drifting into ‘the great perfection’ that is at the core of our human experience.

“Am I a living expression of the highest possibilities I have sensed for the expression of human life?” my meditation master asked into the quiet.

Am I?

It is a loving question. A question to be explored from that place of deep inner gratitude and acceptance. That place where there is no judgement of the answer, only what is.

For me, the answer is always a tapestry of love and gratitude, tinted with mystery and the mystical. It is tinged with shots of reality where I see myself holding back on expressing my higher good through my refusal/inability/resistance to letting go of my adapted behaviours that my mind tells me keep me safe, on solid ground, in control.

It isn’t about feeling bad about who I am, or not, it’s about seeing myself clearly. Accepting myself. All of me, and experiencing my reflections, not as something personal, but as a universal expression of the human experience.

I am the expression of what all of us struggle with, right now. So are you.

We are the expression of the collective humanity we share.

My challenges are your challenges. Your challenges are mine.

And as a species, we are struggling to awaken. To let go. To evolve beyond our collective human struggles that cause us to lay low in the field of despair, to lie and cheat and kill and harm one another. To turn our backs on our collective wisdom and perfection. To deny our beauty.

This is the human challenge. This is the human condition we are all experiencing. It is not just about me. Or you. It is about all of us. And in our willingness to awaken, to rise above our human struggles, we contribute to our evolution. We allow our journey to be ennobled by the recognition that what we are doing, how we are being contributes to the betterment of all humanity, to the evolution of all life.

Holding onto nothing, I become all that I am.

Life is a series of taking in’s and letting go’s. A continual moving out and into breath, each moment, this moment, right now.

The human experience is a continuous unfolding of the evolutionary impulse that began at the heart of perfection 14 billion years ago. It is the unfolding of possibility, of the miracle of life that continues to resonate and evolve with each breath we take, in and out, sharing of what is true for me, taking in of what is true for you. Knowing that in each taking in and letting go, we create, become, something that is other than what we are, right now, unfolding. An endless unfolding of creativity awakening in the flourishing of life.

It is not just my breath, or your breath, that contributes to life. It is all our breaths. All our energy. All our presence.

We do not breathe different air, you and I. We breathe all of the same air. This air that encompasses our planet. As I breathe in, you breathe out and the air becomes filled with your breath becoming my breath, becoming theirs. No matter where we are in the world.

Holding onto nothing, I become all that I am.

And in all that I am, you are all that you are.

We are all connected. Interdependent. Related. Relational.

We are all human, sharing this journey, this planet, this time.

We are all holding on. Letting go. Inhaling. Exhaling. Embracing. Releasing.

And in the yin and yang of all that we hold onto and let go, I find myself gratefully embracing the great perfection of who you are in my being all that I am.


I have shared this video before — and it always pleases my soul. Please give yourself the gift of experiencing Soygal Rinpoche breathing into a poem by Nyoshul Ken Rinpoche set to music written and performed by Richard Page.

And…. tomorrow I’ll be sharing a young woman’s experiences of the Calgary Flood 2013. Do come back to read what the floods had to teach high-school student, Alex, about acceptance, gratitude and love. You will be inspired.

Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe we each have the capacity to be the change we want to see in the world, to make a world of difference. I believe we are creative beings on the journey of our lifetimes. It's up to each of us to Live It Up and SHINE!

6 thoughts on “Breathing into the great perfection

  1. Oh I remember this video – it is so soothing!


  2. Oh my ~ this is such a timely post for me. Thank you xo


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