Wouldn’t you like to have an easy way to measure your thinking and your health? Something that travels with you like a personal physician? What you are looking for is already there, acting like your own private measuring device. It is the doctor at your side. Through the hustles and bustles of your life, all you have to do is stop for a few seconds and get a reading. A handy-dandy guide.
Good news! You have it with you all the time. It has been there ever since you were born. It travels with you through thick and thin. It is there when you are sleeping and when you are awake. It is one of the most powerful tools for transformation, for remembering the Light and Love within you, for placing your entire life in balance. It cuts through stress and negative thinking. All you have to do is remember to work with it. And, just in case you are not inclined to spiritual or God thinking, it will never fail you. What could it be?
It is the breath. It is what you are doing right now. Do you ever pay attention to it? Are you conscious of it? You don’t need to tie a ring around your finger to remind you of spiritual practices or aphorisms. Your breath is there all the time, just waiting to be noticed and used to help you.
When I began The 52, I promised simple lessons that could guide you to a lighter and happier life. As the lessons wind down, it is important to return to one that everyone can use. Everyone! You are breathing right now, aren’t you?
LET YOUR BREATH GUIDE YOU TO THE LIGHT.
If you can control your breath, you can control your life.
Those were the words I heard when I began studying the breath, under the guidance of medical doctors, psychologists, and a swami — all of whom had collaborated on a book called The Science of Breath. They were renowned for their knowledge of the subject of breathing. Nonetheless, I didn’t really believe what they said; it was too far-fetched for me then. You may not believe me as I restate it now, but, trust me, it is a true statement.
Why is the breath so important? For starters, if you are not breathing, you are not alive. It is why we say things like “when he took his last breath.” You need oxygen to live, but that is simple stuff. We ALL know that, I think.
We yogis also believe that the subtle energy called prana is carried on the breath. It is a profound energy source that enlivens our bodies on more than a physical level. It streams through the thousands of nadis (numbering at anywhere from 72,000 to 350.000) and into the ever swirling chakras, the primary subtle energy centers generally associated with their locations all along the spinal column. This energy purifies and balances us.
But this is more about how you breathe and what you associate with the breath. When you calm your breath, you calm your body and your mind. If the breath is shallow, fast, tense, and agitated, it reflects on your mood and health.
Here are some ideas to carry with you all the time:
- Right now! How are you breathing? Try to pay attention for half a minute or so. Let the breath move into your belly, thus creating a deeper breath. Keep it going. Don’t pause and “hold” your breath. Keep it going through your nose, not exhaling through the mouth.
- Pay attention to the quality of the breath. If it is ragged and jagged, consciously try to smooth it out. Smooth in and smooth out.
- Imagine that every breath carries healing and light within it. Inhale light. Exhale darkness.
- Think of the breath flowing through every cell of your body, cleansing, purifying, and bringing peace to all organs and tissues.
- If you have areas of tension or pain in your body, empower your breath to heal. Healing energy into the body, pain or anxiety flowing out as you exhale.
- Give your breath words to accompany it. Choose an affirmation or sounds. “I love myself completely NOW.” ”
I feel peace and calm throughout my body and mind.” You choose what you like.
Trust me. Everyone of these practices will work, if you sincerely try. In time, you will be able to monitor your condition simply by paying attention to the breath. This is a simple skill that will bring great change into your life. It doesn’t require anyone else or extensive training or a trip to the therapist.
How about it? Isn’t it time to learn to “control your breath” and therefore, “control your life?”
With love and namaste, Deanne
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