... Breath is Life ...
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again. ”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
Breath is Life... so it is. We all breathe, until we don't. Breath is Life... and so it is.
If breath is our anchor to life, our 'bridge' between the worlds, why do we spend so little time paying attention to it?
Is it because it came naturally to us with birth? Because it happens without us thinking?
Is it because we never realised just how important it is?
And what happens when it is gone? Only the Great Mystery really knows the answer to that one.
How do we breathe? How is the quality of our breath? What relation is there between the quality of our breath and the quality of our life? Are there ways of breathing that are more efficient than others?
Many ancient cultures have provided the answers to these questions and more. Breath is arguably the most vital part of our existence, it is linked to our movement, our ways and methods of processing emotions, and ultimately how we deal with life and heal our lives. If we do not do it for around 3 minutes, life ends. That is how important it is.
When we learn to breathe in a good way, we open our lives to receiving our full birthright.
We all know that there are times in life that we forget to breathe, or times that our breathing pattern is interrupted, times when we are stressed, in pain, trying to hold something in or back from being seen and heard by life and those around us. There are times when our friends and family have to remind us to breathe, to "take a deep breath", meaning to centre and calm ourselves so that we are once again composed and back "in control".
What if we knew how best to breathe? How best to breathe for our present situation?
What if we used our breath to unlock that which we have blocked off from life?
All that we have blocked off is like water held back by a dam built hastily across our vital force, our own life energy. Eventually it will cause stagnation in the great lake of our waters, our emotions. It is a restriction that none of us can truly afford as it comes at such a high price, the price of our health and our ability to open up to our full potential to be a fully alive and active human being.
As Krishnamurti said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
It is not enough to be simply the same as everyone else, if everyone else is sick.
In the words of Carlos Castaneda,"The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity”.
It is not enough to aspire to be the "average man", or to be satisfied with mediocrity. If someone was to offer you 50% more energy, 50% more focus, 50% more emotional openness, for free, would you accept?
What if all you had to do was to breathe? To learn to breathe and be more aware of your breathing?
And then breathe some more, with an understanding that, yes, you are breathing, and what you are doing when you breathe.
Please feel free to write to me if you would like more information about breath, breathing, and the relation of breathing and healing, including my workshop Breath is Life: A Practice for the Living,