One of the most amazing things I ever learned was the power of breath awareness. To practice consciously breathing, in seated meditation or during everyday life, is powerful in many ways. Waking up. Calming down. Relieving stress. Setting intentions. Savoring the moment.
It nourishes your body to breathe. We do it automatically. It’s how we know one’s alive (along with the rhythm of a heartbeat).
But, how often do you WATCH your breath? Pay attention to it? Notice it’s natural rhythm? Observe how it changes like the soundtrack of your life? Control it’s depth? Take from it what you presently need or use it to let go of what you don’t?
I try to remember to…
Feel the cool air enter my nostrils. Watch my body expand and blossom with fullness as I pull energy up into my body through the invisible roots that connect me to the Earth.
As I exhale, feel myself relax and release air warmed by the body back out into the world. Grounded like a seed. Letting go.
And again and again.