EXERCISE: BECOMING ONE WITH NATURE

BECOMING AWARE OF YOUR BREATH CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

“BREATH IS LIFE”

LIFE IS ABSOLUTELY DEPENDENT UPON THE ACT OF BREATHING. TO BREATHE IS TO LIVE, AND WITHOUT BREATH THERE IS NO LIFE.

There is nothing that I have experienced that has empowered my life more than the shift to becoming aware of my own breath.

Beyond the energizing and rejuvenating effects of a regular deep breathing practice, one of the more subtle things I have come to love about breathing is the way that it connects me with nature.

Sitting on a mountain under an old olive tree, there is a particular vibration and scent that I am receiving and contributing to as I breathe, deeply connected to my surroundings.

I believe this is a way that each of us can bring the sacred into our everyday lives. This vital energy (called Prana) connects us with all living things, and it is abundant in the air that we breathe.

I can feel this connection when I allow the air that I am breathing to drop deep into my center, knowing that what I am receiving is this powerful energy. This simople exercise will re-energize you and will calm your mind. Try to find at leas ones a day some time to spnd in nature!

1.First step

Allow yourself to sit in a place that is outdoors in nature or in a nourishing place in your home. Breathe deeply in and out of your nose very slowly sensing the air as it is traveling through your nose. Become very aware of the subtle feeling of receiving the breath and giving the breath. Notice what the air smells like and how you experience the inhale. After a few deep breaths, become aware of your heart beating in your chest and visualize the blood flowing through you being nourished with every breath.

2. Second step

Now imagine that what you are exhaling is not old air, but transformed life essence from within you. That anywhere you send your breath is actually blessed and invigorated by your heart and intention. Breathe your essence into the environment and the life around you. Send it to the trees and to the rocks. Spread it as a goodness that comes from your care and love. Imagine that each conscious breath is loaded with a treasure from within you and share it with pride.

BECOMING AWARE OF YOUR BREATH CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE


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