This quote is said to be a Sanskrit proverb. I would add to it, not only might you live long on earth, the quality of that time will be greatly enhanced. You can do this by learning from your breath and by being a student of breathing.
I remember, in my yoga teacher training with some of the most prominent thinkers on breathing as my teachers, I was quite taken by this expression:
If you can control your breath, you can control your life.
Ponder the meaning of these words. It is a life changing statement. I was both in wonder of it, the first time I heard it, and skeptical as to the enormity of the claim. By controlling my breath, I could control my life? How was that possible? Now I know it be true. This is what I have learned:
- When I am conscious of my breathing — using proper diaphragmatic inhalation and exhalation in a steady, smooth stream — both my body and my mind grow calm.
- Focusing on breathing, rather than outside influences, draws me inward and into the core of my own place of Divine Light and Love.
- Visualizing the inhalation and exhalation as healing and spreading healing and calm within me and all around me causes a shift in my perceptions of the world.
- Being aware that I am subject to the events around me, which may evoke stress or fear, I can remember to go straight to the breath to shut down the sight/slight mode.
I don’t say that I am perfect at this. Of course, I sometimes forget and falter. But, when I do, I don’t waste time berating myself or feeling guilty that I “dropped my guard.” I just go on…
The poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, wrote this:
He lives most life whoever breathes most air.
Simple and to the point.
Now how are YOU breathing?
With love and namaste, Deanne
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