Posted on June 2nd, 2012
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Breathing in, breathing out. This is the natural rhythm of the endless flow of life. We breathe in oxygen to nourish the lungs and body, and we breathe out what is no longer needed. The same goes with anything in life.
The in-breath allows us to receive, the out-breath supports us to release. This ebb and flow is within all of life. If we try to hold on to the inflow we feel restricted and tight. If we push the outflow we move out of balance. Focusing on our breathing reminds us of this simplicity.
Within all aspects of life there is a breathing in and breathing out. Relationships come and go and within them they ebb and flow. Creativity lies dormant at times and then bubbles forth. Finances are more abundant one day and less the next. One day we feel healthy and vigorous, another we feel tired and listless.
We have good days and bad days, yet none of these are really good nor bad, they are a natural part of life’s rhythm. If the ocean continually flows in without flowing back out, there is a problem. If nature bursts and blooms continually without dying down over winter, there is imbalance.
When we trust the breathing in and breathing out of life, we find peace - the mind calms, the body relaxes and everything flows smoothly in life. It’s when we get attached to the ups and judge the downs that we become unsettled. Our thinking mind takes over, chatting endlessly about concerns, searching for solutions that aren’t really needed. As we move back into the body, allowing our breath to remind us of the natural ebb and flow of life, balance resumes and solutions appear when needed.
Insights on Breathing In and Out
♦ Where is there an influx of energy in your life right now? Can you be in the present moment with it and enjoy it without attachment?
♦ Where is your life ebbing at this time? Do you trust that this will pass and all is well?
♦ What supports you to trust the natural rhythm of life? What gets in the way of this trust?
Inspiration on Breathing Life
♦ Spend 5 to 10 minutes each day taking full in and out breaths. Then settle into the natural rhythm of your breath. Notice how you don’t have to “do” anything. Feel the mind and body relax as you focus on your breathing.
♦ In the areas of your life that are flowing with abundance right now, see this as you allowing and receiving this into your life. Enjoy it for what it is, without clinging or expecting it to last forever.
♦ In the areas of your life that are ebbing at this time, see this as an opportunity to let go, release the past, settle into stillness, and just be. Refrain from judging it as bad or problematic. Turn the mind down and tune into your higher truth of ebb and flow.
Relaxing in to the in-breath and out-breath of life may not be easy at first if you are used to controlling things, but with practice, trust builds and it becomes a natural way of living.