Life Lesson — Breath!
Breath has been at the centre of several meditation practices is several forms from thousands of years. In Vedic and Yogic times people used to hold their breath to prolong their lives. Buddha used it as the core of the Mindfulness practice, meaning being present in the NOW moment. Some religions ask the followers to meditate the lords name with every single breath. Breath had been given utmost importance in every religion because from my understanding it is the only reality of life, everything else is a history or a dream.
I have been practicing myself and helping others practice Mindfulness over the last 6–7 years. This has been a life changing experience and this a very secular practice, independent of any religion. As no religion controls the air and your breath. Here I will talk about how breathing can help calm your feeling and emotions.
Simply use breath to direct your awareness into the centre of the feeling that is arising, whatever it is. Notice the emotions arising from this feeling and send awareness inside these emotions and soak them with kindness. In this present moment, for now replace the urgent need to find relief with that of wonder. Think of it as a guest has arrived and is longing for care.
Have the courage to practice intimacy with him — close enough to receive the diffusion of its nature, but not so close that you blend with it as what you are. Keep the safe distance, know your boundaries.
Do it for a second, two seconds, three seconds, and then relax. In this moment keep aside the desire to know, resolve, or even “heal” the feelings, just for a few seconds. Understand that your guest is not in the need of healing but holding, open into the closeness.
Make yourself aware that there is so much space around your unhappiness, your anger, your frustration, and your despair. Your emotions have such a vibrant, intense, colourful, and even disturbing appearance, but in reality, they are made of space and have no physical existence. Please understand that what you are and what they are… are not two separate things. The feelings and emotions that appear in awareness are of the nature of awareness itself, Pure, Untainted, Radiant, Spacious, Workable, Trustable.
As you practice personal intimacy with the display of the somatic world, you will naturally attune to the breath as it passes in and out of your lungs. Take a moment to observe the phenomenon that this truly is, to be given even one more breath on this new day. The effects of this alone are enough to take you to the ground and cut through the trance that you are not fully alive.
As divine as the breath is, there is a bigger power within you, it is omni present in every cell of your body and in every atom of the universe. It is a so divine, so subtle, and can only be apprehended through inner journey, not through your ordinary senses. This power is amazingly wild and creative, and it keeps the stars from falling out of the sky. It is the power with no form, no description and beyond human’s ability to understand.
Oxygenate your whole being with mindfulness, and allow it to wash and nurture you, cell by cell by cell.