Smile, breathe and go slowly. ~Thích Nhất Hạnh
Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life. ~Giovanni Papini
Good morning! Today I wake up feeling utterly blessed and grateful. There are infinite things to be grateful for in Life, but today, and I sincerely hope, for each and every day for the rest of my days, I am in awe and complete wonder of my breath and it fills me with absolute joy. As always, I have been trying to stay more present, feel more of my moments and live more of my life through all that I have learned. Lately, something has clicked with my breathing; of course, it was right there under my nose all the time :-). For quite some time, I have known the power of adding more breath, taking a deep breath before reacting, focusing on the breath during meditation, etc., but something even more profound has taken hold for me lately. Perhaps the practice of it, reading about it, writing about it, etc. has finally allowed the path for me to live it more consciously and consistently. The idea that the path to live what I know has presented itself makes me smile in peace.
As I shared previously, I have been exhausted lately and my body has been in a bit of a broken down state. I knew relief would come and that all would be and already was well. I was able to feel peaceful even in the midst of my worn out state. I was allowing my circumstances to be as they were and see what Life was trying to show me. That felt like progress to me for sure, considering that I used to only feel “happy” if I was doing everything “well.” That path leads to a lot of stress, pressure and wasted moments trying to arrange things on the outside in order to feel good on the inside — a never-ending circle that doesn’t allow the true joy that lives inside us all to come forth. In my allowing things to be as they were recently, I noticed my breath silencing my thoughts often throughout the day. I noticed that I was, in fact, leaning back and allowing my breath to ease everything that wanted to bring anxiety or tighten my grip on life. My breath was the gateway to joy and the force that was grounding me deeply in the true gift found in every present moment.
After a few days of truly enjoying the breath that was at the forefront of my interactions, the thought popped into my head, “I Am my breath.” I heard it and I felt it deeply. I smiled. My daughter appeared by my side to tell me something and I noticed my breath as I enjoyed her lovely soul face and heard her sweet voice more clearly. My breath allowed me to truly be there so much more fully. I Am my breath much more than I am my body or my choices or my reactions. My breath feels good, no matter what and it allows me to BE my true self. It helps me choose well, speak kindly and Love deeply. Our breath animates this form we have. We are more our breath than any other thought, action, reaction or emotion we could ever have or feel. Our breath is more of our essential self than we can ever know. Someday, when our breath leaves, we will go with it. We can live with our breath more fully now and bring joy to everything around us. The deep pleasure that comes from our breath is truly amazing. There really aren’t the proper words to describe it. Just breathe and you can feel it.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. ~Thích Nhất Hạnh
What we call ’I’ is just a swinging door, which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. ~Shunryu Suzuki
Today, I am wishing you the joy of realizing the pleasure, peace and astounding gift of your breath. Sending you joy and love!