Our divine and blessed gift of breath - life
comes from the Latin root word: Spirare; Spiritus—breath, the soul, vigor, that
which animates life. When we inhale, we are literally filling our-self's,
with the gift of life. And it is an involuntary bodily function, in other
words, if we were to try to take control of our breath and stop breathing
entirely, at some point we would go unconscious and our breath would continue
anyway. I call it Divine Override.
A very beautiful way to start the day is to take a few minutes to sit quietly and simply watch the natural inflow and outflow of your own loving breath. A spiritual teacher once said, "Your breath loves you so much, it always wants to come around to be near and dear to you."
Famous American essayist, lecturer, and poet - Ralph Waldo Emerson who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century said: "There is a guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word...Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into your life. Then, without effort, you are impelled to truth and to perfect contentment."
What powerful wisdom and words - so beautifully and simply expressed. To me, these wonderful words capture the very essence of the great Yoga Niyama (ethical observation) Īśvarapraṇidhāna "- commitment to the Īśvara ("Lord")" - or put another way: Turning one's will and one's life over to the loving care of one's Higher Power.
Sit comfortably, gently close your eyes, and softly release the upper eyelids down allowing the eyeballs to become very soft - like liquid soft gel. Gently direct the eyeballs to inwardly gaze downward into the cheek area of your face. Let your breath also become very, very soft.
Inhale and exhale without constriction...just
be stillness, and allow your breath to become a silken thread, softly, gently, without
force to flow in and out of your body. Watch the breath, see where it
goes, how it softly, gently moves, allow it to be silken and flowing -
soft. Release any hardness in the breath. Let the breath flow into
any resistance and tension both in your body and mind. Continue on this way for 5 to 12 minutes.
When you have finished, sit quietly for a few moments, listen to any guidance or insights you might have, and very gently offer gratitude to your breath and the Great Divine Abundance behind it and gently open your eyes. Write down any inspiration, wisdom, or guidance you were given.
Enjoy your day and take your Peace with you - you wear it well. Namaste, Christine von Liederbach
Copyright 2016 Christine von Liederbach
Yoga Petals is a Registered Trademark with USPTO - The United States Patent and Trademark Office