Breathing is something we do all the time, it is well known that if we can calm our breath, then we become less stressed. If we can breathe fully into our lungs it is beneficial for all of our physical systems. Yet, with life running at 100 miles an hour breathing isn’t something we often think of. It is just something that our body does for us. It can get stuck in ‘fight and flight’ mode which means that the breath becomes shallow and stays only in the top part of the lungs.
I teach mindful breathing, and like to take an individual into the depths of their breath pattern, to become aware of their ‘Now’ giving them choice and the opportunity, should they wish to take it, to change their breathing to something that may serve them more efficiently.
I’m sharing with you below and, by audio recording, a meditation I came across a few years ago by Dhansashri. It is called Breath is Life. I love it, it always calms me and quiets me, it also makes me feel a little humble in that I often take my own breath for granted when actually, it is Life.
Observe me, says the Breath, and learn to live effortlessly in the Present Moment.
Feel me, says the Breath, and feel the Ebb and Flow of Life.
Allow me, says the Breath, and I’ll sustain and nourish you, filing you with energy and cleansing you of tension and fatigue.
Move with me, says the Breath, and I’ll invite your soul to dance.
Make sounds with me and I shall teach your soul to sing.
Follow me, says the Breath, and I’ll lead you out to the farthest reaches of the Universe, and inward to the deepest parts of your inner world.
Notice, says the Breath, that I am as valuable to you coming or going…that every part of my cycle is as necessary as another….that after I’m released, I return again and again…that even after a long pause – moments when nothing seems to happen – eventually I am there.
Each time I come, says the Breath, I am a gift from Life. And yet you release me without regret…without suffering…without fear.
Notice how you take me in, invites the Breath. Is it with joy…with gratitude…? Do you take me in fully…invite me into all the inner spaces of your home?…Or carefully into just inside the door? What places in you am I not allowed to nourish?
And notice, says the Breath, how you release me. Do you hold me prisoner in closed up places in the body? Is my release resisted…..do you let me go reluctantly, or easily?
And are my waves of Breath, of Life, as gentle as a quiet sea, softly smoothing sandy stretches of yourself…? Or anxious, urgent, choppy waves…? Or the crashing tumult of a stormy sea…?
And can you feel me as a link between your inner and outer worlds…feel me as Life’s exchange between the Universe and You? The Universe breathes me into You..You send me back to the Universe. I am the flow of life between every single part and the Whole.
Your attitude to me, says the Breath, is your attitude to Life. Welcome me…embrace me fully. Let me nourish you completely, then set me free. Move with me, dance with me, sing with me, sigh with me…
Don’t try to control me.
I am the Breath
Life is the Musician
You are the flute.
And music – creativity – depends on all of us.
You are not the Creator, nor the Creation.
We are all a part of this process of creativity…
You, Life, and me: the Breath.