: a natural movement of air of any velocity
: breath



Wind (n.): “air in motion,” Old English wind, from Proto-Germanic windaz, from Proto-Indo-European we-nt-oblowing, “ from root we– “to blow.”

The evolution of this word rhymed it with kind and rind, but it shifted a short vow in the 18th century, probably from the influence of windy, where the short vowel is natural.

Meaning “breath” is attested from late Old English; especially “breath in speaking” (early 14c.), so long-winded, also “easy or regular breathing,” hence second wind in the figurative sense (by 1830), an image from the sport of hunting.

Winds “wind instruments of an orchestra” is from 1876. Figurative phrase which way the wind blows for “the current state of affairs” is suggested from 1400. To get wind ofreceive information about” is by 1809, perhaps inspired by French avoir le vent de. To take the wind out of (one’s) sails in the figurative sense (by 1883) is an image from sailing, where a ship without wind can make no progress. Wind-chill index is recorded from 1939. Wind energy from 1976. Wind vane from 1725.



“Words are wind.”

George R.R. Martin (b. 1948, American novelist, short-atory writer, screenwriter, and television producer; best known for Game of Thrones)

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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

Charles Dickens (1812-1870, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victoria era; best known for writing, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations.)

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“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the disheveled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright, and widely considered to be one of greatest literary figures of the 20th century; received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 before writing his best work)

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“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.”

Henry Beston (1888-1868, American writer and naturalist, best known as the author of The Outermost House in 1928)

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“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But, the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.”

Chanakya (371 BC – 283 BC, Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist, and royal advisor; traditionally identified as Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra.)

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“And all the winds go sighing,
For sweet things dying”

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894, one of the greatest English lyrical poets in the Victorian age)

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“When we love each other we are immortal and indestructible like the heartbeat and the rain and the wind.”

Erich Maria Remarque (1989-1970, German writer and novelist who wrote All Quiet on the Western Front, one of the best-known novels dealing with World War I)

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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

— Charles Dickens

There’s so much of this world we do not know, some of which includes the nature of the wind, one of the most important energy sources of our world.

Yesterday the wind blew fiercely and lovingly around the circle community in which I live.  It was a great thrill to get out and walk in the early morning sun.  The holy wind immediately embraced me as I looked up into the heart of the clear blue Sky.

I tooked in the staggering beauty of my world on this mindful meditative walk.  But, before I slipped inside my home I decided to stand in the sun and do some qi gong exercises.

Immediately, I felt the wind’s strength and support as I connected to its divine spirit.  As I moved and flowed, the wind effortlessly organized my energy field and washed its blessings over me like invisible water waves.

I eventually shifted into gear and the wind surged to dance with me.  It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve felt in a long time.  I was free.

Dance with the wind, my friends, in whatever way possible.  It doesn’t matter how slow, fast, or contentious the rhythms may be.  Move and let wind reveal your essence and dynamic nature.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya


One thought on “Wind

  1. I’m sure I’ll remember your post the next time I start complaining about how windy it is, especially when it’s cold and brisk.