By the time you read this sentence, one breath of your life will have gone by. We so often take it for granted but it is amazing to realize that every single person in the world breathes and that they are breathing in every moment of their lives. It is also quite astounding that the breath can be taken automatically and without any thought or effort whatsoever. Yet it can be breathed consciously, in which one can take control of the speed and depth of the breath at will. This is evidence that there is a hidden power in the breath, simply because this automatic process can be done consciously. Thousands of years of human study in the ancient arts of qi gong, tai chi, yoga and pranayama have shown the massive healing and generative powers available in our breath. The true gift in breathing consciously is that the breath is always in the present, in essence, when you breathe consciously you are gifted immediate contact with the present moment.
We will never take a future or a past breath. With this in mind, when we breathe consciously we are accessing the present moment, guaranteed! This is why the doorway to meditation is conscious breathing. So many meditation techniques begin by focusing on the breath so as to bring the person into the now. The eternal now, which is always happening and always unveiling itself, is therefore best accessed by turning to the breath. If this great power has been there all along, why don’t people access it more often? Today’s fast-paced societies have created such a sporadic rhythm to life that humanity, in many ways has become out of touch with nature and therefore out of touch with its own nature. How often are our minds on memories of the past or on future hopes, goals or concerns? How often are we thinking about what we think about life and not actually living it, not actually feeling the moment at hand.
Both the stressed out stock-broker, the speedy parent and the writer-blocked author would all be amazed at what breathing consciously can do with the ways in which they plug-in to life itself, every day, every minute, every single breath. It is instantly available and we already have everything we need to do it. The now, is outside of language, in other words as soon as we say the word now, it just went by. When we become still and simply follow the movement of the breath in and out, we have just accessed the place from which all of creation has ever sprung forth into existence. It is the place where every painting that was ever painted happened, the space into which every musical note that was ever played or sung was played. The conscious breath is the home for absolute being. It was so well spoken by one of our advisors and dear teachers, Reverend Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith when he shared this:
“When is the most important time? The most important time is now. Now that’s a breakthrough in consciousness because the average individual is not walking in now, the average individual is walking lock-step with the past or is hell-bent for some future that they have projected onto the unknown and call it a future and no one is really here now. You talk to people and they are somewhere else, they’re on the way to somewhere else or they’re coming from somewhere else. They’re everywhere but here, they’re everywhere but now. This is a breakthrough in consciousness, when you can stop and take a breath and actually be now, and actually be in the moment – where all the power is and all the intelligence is and all of the love is and all of the guidance is. The future does not exist.”
So are you ready? With excellent posture, exhale the air from your lungs. Close your mouth and allow the air to move in and out through your nose, allowing the natural pauses between each breath. Enjoy your breath flow, consciously for one minute. Now, may never be the same again.
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