Posted on July 16th, 2016
Being aware of your breath brings you into the present moment. Often we don’t realize how disconnected we are to the now because we are so enthralled by our inner mental dialogue. Taking time to breathe brings us to a place of detachment from the mind’s consistent emotional and biased labeling, allowing us to truly see our surroundings with clarity. If you are breathing and present in your body, you aren’t associating the moment as either good or bad, you see it just as it is. When we think a moment is bad, it is not because the moment is bad but because our minds are thinking about something that makes us feel negative. If you are only focused on inhalations and exhalations there is no space for thinking about what type of ‘moment’ you are in. The moment the power returns back to mental dialogue, the moment the connection to the present is severed.
If you are connected to your breath you feel peace as you detach from what brings you suffering, but it isn’t always easy to return to your breath. What happens when you’re in a fight and the other person makes you incredibly angry? Or you lose something or someone that you love? The present moment is still there but it’s great deal harder to access that place of peace because the mind is reinforcing this idea that you shouldn’t stop thinking. Instead of only trying to turn to your breath in the peak of a fight or when difficult events in life arise, strengthen the mind-body connection throughout the day, even when you’re as content as could be. Practice strengthening breath control when you’re walking, eating and doing PT exercises. When you’re listening to someone are you really in the moment with them or are you fueling the mind and the ego by generating what you should say next? If you find yourself not fully engaged, step away for a few moments and breathe. Return to the present and let the mind rest.
When difficult events occur, it is also important to release. During this recovery there were times the pain and the drugs were making me feel sad, but I was trying to deny myself feeling sad because I kept thinking “somebody has it worse than me so there’s no need to cry.” It was almost as if my ego wanted me to keep thinking! The moment I would breathe and release the emotions in that present moment, I was able to reset and return to my breath which then allowed me to let go and come back to a feeling of peace and calm.
Click on the link below for a visual meditation. Great if you don’t want to listen to an audio. Take time to get the groove of deep inhalations and exhalations. You will discover your breath is always there for you no matter what.
One of my favourite songs to meditate to. Click on link below! Sending love and light. Happy healing! xo