It's been a pretty cold, wet, desolate spring so far in Minnesota. I went for a walk the other night and it seemed more like autumn than spring, with the wind on my face and the scent of dead leaves in the air. But as I passed under a tree I suddenly noticed buds breaking out all over the branches. It felt like a tiny miracle.

I had just recently listened to our upcoming show with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and seeing those buds made me think of what he says about being mindful.

"When you breathe in, your mind comes back to your body, and then you become fully aware that you're alive, that you are a miracle and everything you touch could be a miracle — the orange in your hand, the blue sky, the face of a child."

I was looking for a video to illustrate my own sense of wonder about the world coming back to life, and discovered this, which I find equally creepy and beautiful. It's not exactly an image of spring, but it reminds me that all living things are breathing. We just have to pay attention to realize it.

(video by sesotek/Vimeo)

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This reminds me of the coral reefs off the coast of the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. I was there now 5 years ago (going back in May for another friend's wedding). I had a chance to go snorkeling, floating inches above the lungs of the sea, watching them breathe. I hope I get the chance to see it again this time.