Have you ever stopped to think why, when you start to get a little ungrounded (though you may not see it yet), someone tells you to breathe? And does that suggestion make you insane?
Our breath is the bridge between our physical body (perceptions, the finite) and our Soul (Truth, the infinite).
We can live out our lives never thinking about the breath, and our body will automatically breathe for us… though we risk having stressors dictate how we breathe– shallow and erratic. Without the full inhale, the life force that is carried through the breath will not reach below the diaphragm to move through and release the stress that is held there, and without the full exhale, we leave the stale air in our lungs leaving little space for fresh air to come in.
We live the way we breathe.
When we experience staleness in our day, and in our lives, changing the breath to make it full and complete can offer the freshness it needs to move forward and up. It can’t hurt to try– it doesn’t cost a dime, and the upside is limitless. It keeps us grounded and connected to something bigger than what we see before us.
Need a pranayam (breathing exercise)? Try this. Let me know how it works for you!
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I have. In myself- how it shifts from day to day- and in others. When I sense resistance, it is a cue to me that I need to look more closely at what is really going on.
When one perceives a lack of control within himself, his response is to lock in. The muscles tighten, the breath shallows, and the mind closes. There are limited options if any. Paradoxically, this is the very moment when it would benefit to be open, examine the fear rather than identify and react, ask questions, and from it identify the desire, let go and be willing to change. His world, then, can be redefined into infinite possibilities.
This practice in catching moments of resistance and harnessing those opportunities to make qualitative change is the Yoga of Awareness leading to a rich, well-lived life.
I just watched The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. It is a powerful film (and book) that inspires one to take a closer look at synchronicity, intuition, flow and seeing the beauty and intelligence of everything. When we are fully open and paying attention, the world guides our next steps. Our call is to do just that: be open and pay attention. And trust our intuition. Click here for Celestine Insights.
Feeling disconnected from our own energy source, we try to take from others by controlling and manipulating, and this is how conflict and power struggles happen. It would seem that is how we diminish our selves as well. James & Salle Redfield hosts what is called the Celestine Vision, a bi-weekly telecast, where we can join in prayer and meditation for peaceful resolution of conflict in this world.
How does prayer and meditation work? From the inside out.