BREATH OF LIFE
Updated: Sep 23, 2021
"Breath in. Breath out."
How many times have you heard these words? When everything is out of axis, why is the invitation to get back to something so fundamental like breathing?
There’s a saying in the millennial Yoga science telling that body follows the mind and the mind follows breathing. In this saying breathing is more accessible and effective in order to regulate the body and the mind.
By breathing we come into the world. And at the end of the breathing we leave it. It is also said in the scriptures that our lifespan is not measured by our age, but by the amount of breathing we use. Each one has a quota and at the end of it, we leave.
That is, breathing is such a basic movement of life and, therefore, automatically and mechanically performed by most people. However, what makes people say "breathe, exhale" or "take a deep breath" is to draw attention to a conscious breathing, capable of changing the chemistry of the body and mind clearance. Science has already proved this is indeed effective.
Studies developed in the last decade show that in fact slow and deep breathing can increase attention, strengthen the immune system, act effectively on stress, reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.
That's why of all the positive changes someone can make, learning to breathe slowly and profoundly is probably the most effective way to develop high consciousness, improve health, vitality and the connection with one's own life.
How's your breathing right now?
By Satsangat Kaur Khalsa /Brazil