Breath Breathing Human Being

September 10, 2019

My soul is from elsewhere, I am sure of that, and I intend to end up there.
~ Rumi

How we are breathing can tell us something about our current state of mind. Maybe we are feeling good, thinking about going out with friends, or maybe we are feeling tense, wanting to wrap thing up before the end of the workday.

While the breath acts like a barometer for how we are feeling, it is also one of our most powerful tools: breathing techniques help us to shift gears and change our emotional state.

Our breath restores us and helps us save our energy for those moments when we need our mental resources the most. Because of that, there is a good case to be made for cultivating a practice around our breath.

Our society values intensity over calmness and work is put on a higher pedestal than play. Yet our breath is not focused on becoming more efficient or rushing to reach a daily respiration goal in order to take a break. As long as we let it, it mostly just does what it does. While there is something very vital happening when we breathe, trying to speed it up, force it or control it tends to get in the way. As in breathing, so in our daily life — we can learn a lot from the natural rhythm, pace, and steadfastness of the way our breath continues its work, without making a big deal out of it.

Our emotions inform our breathing. However, by training ourselves to pay attention to our breath, we cultivate a resilience that allows us to be present when difficulty and temptation arises. Things seem to go best when we allow space for our breath to come into its own natural depth, pace, and flow.

Distractions still come, but we do not get lost in them. This is a master key to well-being.

I am a true unique emanation of God. I am one with the one breath of all breath breathing human beings.

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