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Dolphins The beautiful, graceful, sleek dolphin carries many messages for the two leggeds. Even though it is a mammal, its home is the sea so it has mastered the art of breath control. Since water is the symbol of all life - of creation , passion and even sexuality - dolphin brings us teachings from the waters of life.

It is playful, and is a reminder that time to play is a crucial element in walking in balance. It moves through the water quickly and with great grace, ever moving with the flow. Dolphin tells us to move with the ebb and flow of life, and not to search for brick walls to smash into. To spend our energy fighting the current gets us nowhere. We remain stuck in that negative and bad place filled with frustration and despair. To slip through the bad times with our energy intact leaves our awareness open to spot the way out when it shows itself, or to create our own way when none appears. Being constantly at war with others, with our surroundings and with circumstances we cannot change destroys the spirit, eats away at hope, and consumes the joy of life.

By being aware of our breath, and using rhythmic breathing, we can lessen stress and fatigue; we can use deep cleansing breaths to "flush" our lungs and respiratory system; we can even tap into the power of breath to journey into altered states of awareness. Take a deep breath and hold it. Try to touch your elbows behind your back. Hold that position as long as you can. Then slowly blow out all your breath until your lungs are empty. Then relax your arms. Do this exercise a few times whenever you think of it, and you will feel the muscle tension in your body relax. Breath control is truly dolphin power.

The awareness of tone is also dolphin power. If you are sensitive to the tone of someone's voice (as much as the words spoken); to bass drums; bells; chimes; Tibetan bowls - all forms of beautiful tones, you carry dolphin medicine. It is not so much the melody or music, but rather the tonal scale that touches your senses. Use this awareness to be always alert to the sounds around you. We learn much when we close our mouths, open our minds, and really hear the sounds of our world. You will learn to sense when something is just "not right" as an alert to take care. You will hear the joy in a bird's song, and the symphony of rustling leaves. Listen to the roar of silence — dolphin is calling.

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