"At the deepest level, breath is sister of spirit. One of the most ancient words for spirit is Ruah;
this is also the word for air or wind. Ruah also denotes pathos, passion, and emotion - a state of the soul. The word suggests that God was like breath and wind because of the incredible passion and pathos of divinity... the world of thought resides in the air, All our thoughts happen in the air element. Our greatest thoughts come to us from the generosity of the air. it is here that the idea of inspiration is rooted _ you inspire or breathe in the thoughts concealed in the air element. Inspiration can never be programmed. You can prepare, making yourself ready to be inspired, yet it is spontaneous and unpredictable. it breaks the patterns of repetition and expectation. Inspiration is always a surprising visitor."
John O'Donohue Anam Cara