One of the lessons I have learned in life is how to breathe in those anxious and painful times we all experience sooner or later.
This is what I have learned:
Sit quietly in a comfortable position
Place tongue behind top teeth and breathe in slowly through the nose to the count of seven.
Place tongue behind bottom teeth and breathe out slowly through pursed lips to the count of eight.
Repeat eight times.
I usually do this two or three times in one sitting, a few times a day, and at bed time.
What’s in a breath? Life.
What’s in a breathing exercise? A more relaxed life.
“Into this cold, stark world, naked and afraid, with a slap on the rump to give us breath and start us on the road to death.” This is a quote I read years ago and for some reason kept in my notes. When you think about it, it is not too unlike the poem, “The Dash”, written by Linda Ellis and posted on my July 19th blog this year. Both the poem and the quote give thought to the time between our birth and our death.
Whether our lives are short and sweet or long and sometimes arduous, it is the time between day one and the final day that matters. It is how we lived, loved, served; how we treated each other, how we forgave, how we acknowledged others, how we humbled ourselves. It is being open to teaching and learning life’s lessons and sharing our knowledge; it is about comforting, consoling and caring; it is about interest in others over self-interest, and it is coming to terms with “the after”.
There are those who believe that death is death and that is that; nothing more, nothing less, nothingness.
And then there are those who believe that death is a continuation of life, and to those who look forward to seeing their previously departed loved ones, death can only be a blessing after a journey along that road that began with our first breath.
So, rather than shed tears at the departure of a dearly loved friend or family member, I choose to smile, knowing that their real journey has just begun. The journey to life everlasting where only love rules…unconditional love…finally…after all that time traveling.
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
Recently I was told by a clergyman that yoga is not God-centred, that it focuses on the practioner’s self. I disagree. Yoga focuses on breathing which is the life force, which to me, is the breath of God. Yoga is also an extremely beneficial exercise for relaxing the body and calming the mind. It benefits concentration and discipline. I practiced yoga for years and still consider myself to be a God-centred person. Here is my acronym for yoga: