Part 1: Mindful Breathing
Mindfulness is so important. Some may say it is key in being able to truly change your life and manifest what you desire for your journey to connecting with the highest and most authentic self. Thinking, breathing, and living mindful presents itself to be an open doorway to another state of consciousness. Being in observance of the space in between the self and object in practice is best learned through conscious experience.
Defining a term that harnesses so much depth within three syllables is difficult. Thich Nhat Hanh has written many books on the practice of Mindfulness and those have been powerful resources for many when it comes to learning the practice and guiding the way. (Miracle to Mindfulness, Peace is Every Step, How to Relax, No Mud No Lotus, Living Buddha Living Christ, How to Sit, etc.)
Beginning to live mindfully starts with these five key steps: Mindful Breathing, Concentration, Awareness of the Body, Releasing Tension and Walking Mediations. Each step is just as important, just as beneficial, just as life altering, shape shifting and mind-heart connectened opening.
The first step, Mindful Breathing, may shift your perception of reality. The ability to connect with your inhalations and exhalations allows one to center the self and to release any pressures or stressors that have taken over the body.
Words encapsulate a small part of the energy that is generated from the body. As your read this, you may have shifted attention from one state of awareness that which is of the thinking into paying attention to your breathing pattern. That's marvelous. Pay attention to what the body's most basic function is to be here presently: the breath. When we shift into loving awareness that we are capable of being the observer in our ability to listen to the breath, emotions seem to appear as things seem to be quite fascinating.
As one may continue on the journey to awareness of inhalation and exhalation, may I present a pathway to a deep meditation in a simple idea: “Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out.” This simple idea or mantra practiced daily relieves the body of anxiety, stress, anger, sadness, ANY emotion that has taken over. To let go and be empty of these thoughts releases patterns that the conditioned mind may be tempting to run with. When we follow the breath, we have the power to allow the feelings and emotions to flow out of the body. How incredible and simple right? Connecting to the life force, through Pranayama (“Control of Breath”) practices gives the body the ability to open up energetically, which translates to a happy and healthier integrated self. Allow the body and mind to connect through awareness of breathing in and out– this awareness in peace is the best gift you will ever receive from the cosmic universe.
More on this soon, stay tuned and we will delve deeper into the practice of Mindfulness! As with everything, your higher self wants you fulfill your highest desires, and as with anything well crafted, fully aligned in purpose worth undertaking is one that takes time to understand and one that grows through repetition. Our online class subscription is here for your own practice so you may keep going with connecting to your authentic self. For now, take it slow, your path in your adventure have begun. Start with Mindfulness. Breathe. Listen to your body and your mind. These are the steps that will change your awareness in daily life. Take everyday, every moment, one breath at a time with gratitude.
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”