Breath is vital to life. We circulate prana, chi or life force through our exchange with the universe. Life is like breathing. Our breath patterns mimic how we are currently feeling. My first blog post 'How you Breathe is How you Live' embodies these principles:
1) It journeys in waves.
There are ups and downs in life. You lose much more energy and may get friction burns from pushing against the current. Release the resistance and watch yourself go with the flow.
2) Take a break in between
There is a slight pause between each wave of the breath. This gap between each full wave gives us silence where we can watch our mind speak. By being aware of our thoughts, we start recognising which beliefs are unhelpful and to let them go. Many pranayama practices include holding the breath as a path to quieting the mind and being still.
3) It is an endless flow
Like yoga, marrying each movement with an inhale or exhale is a journey. Moving in circles, our breath is a seamless body of water, ebbing and flowing with the energy within.
4) Give to receive
Without reciprocation, we feel like it is hard go on loving. Similarly, when we take a deep exhale, we make space for inspiration. Take a moment to empty your lungs and renew your spirit
5) All is energy
We tend to stop breathing when we stay in our minds. When we are inspired, our entire body is energized. We expand our hearts and lower bodies, the seat of our soul and our inner treasure chest respectively.
Focusing on the breath- its sound, the gap, the length of inhales and exhales- is a great start in a meditation practice. An anchor for the mind, a way to feel into the heart and go deep into the belly, noticing how our breath is a teacher and friend can guide us to absorb, circulate, integrate and eliminate, making for ease.