Flowing with the Breath in a Modern World
Breath is the key component of life. We can live without water for days, and food for weeks or months. However, the moment we stop breathing, we die. Breath is your spirit feeding the body.
Ninety percent of our energy comes from an inhale and 75 % of the toxins leave through an exhale. This means that the flow of breath is also the flow of life force that runs through us. In order to have clarity of mind, positive emotions, and connection to spirit, the breath must be connected and flowing. Today, in a busy world of materialism and entrepreneurship, there is a constant need to push forward and achieve. This motivation is positive if understood correctly but can be a blockage to those have not learned how to flow through the hustle and bustle of modern day life.
The “flow” in a vinyasa yoga class, for example, is about being in the flow of life rather than fighting for results in a pose. One must learn to relax and let the pose find you. You must be a warrior of a different sort. A warrior does not go to the battle field to kill or be killed. A true warrior in the yogic sense is one who stands in truth and understands spirit.
A Warrior of the Light as Paulo Coelho describes in his book does not use his own energy for success but the unlimited power of spirit to thrive. At the highest levels of our being, there is unlimited potential and unimaginable abundance for everyone. “Flow” in breath is about surrendering to the guidance of spirit and receiving all your good through a deep inhale and by letting go of what no longer serves you during the exhale. The mind and emotional vibrations hold on to the limited vision of the “self” preventing the breath from flowing. The outcome is often seen as blockages or even pain and suffering.
Vinyasa yoga is about being in the flow of life, and conscious breathing is about surrendering to the unlimited potentiality of the universe in order to become all that you deserve to be. We have a God and a Goddess inside each of us and we emanate the desire to fulfill all possibilities when we listen to its guidance.
Yoga and “the breathing arts” open and allow grace to flow through the heart. It has been said that with love anything is possible. The first step is to consciously breathe, the second is to bravely act, and the third is to lovingly accept that which is unfolding before you. In other words, trust.
When we know something, the knowing part is bigger than having faith in something. You know who your mom is right? Do you have to have faith that she exists? You know that she does exist because you have spent time with her and have a relationship with her. Spirit is similar. When you awaken and begin to feel and see the interconnectedness in all things, you no longer seek. Instead, you become the I Am.
You feel the energy that made you as connected to the energy from the very beginning of time. Can you imagine feeling the moment the universe was created? Try it.
Sit quietly with your eyes closed, spine elongated, and focused on your breath. Inhale slowly and fully in all directions including lower belly and side ribs. Keep your attention between the brows and wait until you feel something happen – a gentle shift, a leveling of mind or a feeling of floating. Can you feel your energetic connection to all that is made manifest in the universe. We connect through the heart vibration known as the Anahata, or Heart Chakra.
Chakras are the energetic wheels partly associated with the endocrine and nervous system of the body that spin out our unique vibration to make what is called the auric field. The heart chakra, or the is a connector of energetic networks linking you to the world in which you live. It is said to connect us through a place called feeling. It allows your essence, the awakening to being here now, to gradually permeate the interconnected web of life and energy in this universe and each other.
The reproductive chakra, or the Svadhisthana, is also an energetic connector. Through this energy center you attract certain elements of the world. Your heart emits an energy, which often is funneled by another person's second chakra. Your second chakra, like a magnet, attracts another person's heart emissions. It makes the figure eight. This cycle is what attracts us to others. The heart chakra has its energetic networks plugged into the universal matrix known as the law of attraction and typically involves the process of creativity that signals messages out to the universe. The question is what are you sending out and what are you attracting? Are your chakras clear?
With continued practice and the synthesis of life lessons, you can bring your thoughts and emotions into the space of feeling. Here, you are able to make real, lasting Self changes. Within this new Selfintegration, you begin the deeper journey toward synchronization and play within the “divine matrix.”
When you learn this truth of your being, and understand the truth that prevails, it is possible to live fearlessly like a warrior - a peaceful warrior. As the changes begin to occur, you begin to know and understand the systems we are referring to, and you are forever transformed. That which is esoteric and misunderstood is revealed as the wise teacher. We find purpose in living, and in death. The guru you seek is realized inside of you.
Inner Realms Inc.