Breathing Life Back Into Your Life
How many times have you felt that life is slipping like sand through your fingers?
How can you feel more alive? As we run around in our fast paced society, managing our daily errands and multitasking thoughts, actions, sensations and everything in between, presence seems to elude us. There is nothing more confusing than getting lost in the stories we continually tell ourselves. Our minds endlessly process the past, thus projecting an inaccurate future.
In the midst of uncertainty, drama, discomfort or worrying, being present represents your highland; presence always brings you to the core of the problem, whatever it might be at the moment. Feeling anxious or obnoxious, too emotional or judgmental, exhausted or defensive? Courtesy of the mind, these unnatural states and many more have been adopted as “normal”.
If confronted with overwhelming sensations, painful circumstances, and countless complications, return to simplicity.
Simplicity represents the seed of growth, creativity and productivity. It carries within the pure potentiality of everything. With training, it becomes easier and easier to access. Simplicity is such an airy notion and its depths go beyond what the mind knows and admits to. The key to simplicity is breathing.
It is said that the greatest treasures are hidden within, as people have always been inclined to search outside for the fulfillment or their needs and wants. Breath has always been the link between what the mind subjectively, sees and the authentic objectivity that shines from within. Life is a journey; we can either choose to walk it unconsciously or to breath into the awareness and amazement that reside in inner peace, tranquility and meditation.
They come forth through breathing and enlarging the space within.
There is a higher cosmic intelligence that governs breathing. Life pours through us, with every inhale and exhale. We continually expand and contract, as existence itself. Breath doesn’t cease if we no longer pay attention to it. The question is; what does happen when we do focus on our breathing?
Mind’s chatter inevitably stops.
We experience stillness and a state of profound harmony that bursts with potential for expansion.
We increase the vibration of the physical body. We center the body-mind and the emotional body.
We put the body in a state of relaxation, neutrality and self-restoring.
The benefits of conscious breathing are numerous. Learning how to knowingly align with the breath and use it to uplift our being is truly life-changing. All perceived barriers dissipate during meditation thus granting us a state of liberation, catharsis, and love.
How can you breathe life back into your life?
You can set your timer once every hour and as the alarm goes off, remind yourself to pay attention to your breathing. Take a few deep breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth; notice the pause between the breaths – there is immense vastness there. Rest effortlessly in that spaciousness; ignore the mind’s attempts to define it. Observe the calmness that arises from inside. This space feels natural to you as harmony is deeply embedded in our ancestral DNA. With time, this exercise will spontaneously take place. Be patient with yourself, as your mind will try to highjack its training through breathing. Breathe consciously as much as possible.
If you resonate with it, you can do the following breathing exercise:
Take a moment for yourself. Sit or lay down in a comfortable position. Make sure you will not be disturbed, for at least 5 minutes.
Close your eyes and visualize a pair of white ethereal angel wings, attached to your back. As you deeply inhale through your nose, both wings come towards the front of your physical body, embracing your shoulders, chest, abdomen, and arms. Their movement is graceful and natural, like the flow of life and breath. Exhale through your mouth and visualize the wings being pulled towards your back. Notice the energy created by the moving wings. With every respiration, allow the wings to encircle and liberate your body. How does it feel?
Meditation, mindfulness, and simple yet so effective breathing exercises start with setting your initial intention. Hold on to your breath in moments of uncertainty and despair, anchor in calmness and quiet the stream of repetitive thinking. Breath in whatever you desire and breath out what serves you no longer. Just be!
Thank you for reading.