Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness Moments

We can live for weeks without food and days without water, yet only minutes without oxygen.

My friend is a yoga teacher who works a lot on the breath, connection and energy. We recently had a conversation about how the average human doesn’t breathe well and how that affects everything from mood to movement.

I know that yogis call the breath prana, the Chinese call it chi, and in the collective West, we rarely acknowledge that breath provides us with the fundamental fuel of our existence. I wonder why that is.  

Breath is our life source – our vitality. It creates the energy that we hold within, the power we emit and how we pick up on feelings and each other. I see the connection between the duality of inhaling and exhaling, the giving and the receiving, the dark and the light and how when these are in balance, so am I.

Breath is instant, it is powerful and it is accessible at all times.

If we were to tune in and learn to feel its ebb and flow, to become conscious of the sound and its depth we could quickly change our mood and our energy.

My friend lives in Ireland, she told me that on Monday as Storm Ophelia affected the air pressure she noticed how the light changed as if the world was in sepia. She commented that her body felt heavier and a number of her colleagues complained about headaches.

If the air pressure outside can have such an effect on us, imagine what we could do if we were to harness it from within.

With love, light and gratitude. Maria Arpa -x-

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