“If you want to find God, just breathe” ~Miguel Ruiz, Jr.
The breath is always the object of attention and focus, whether in a structured meditation that is guided and facilitated or informal and casual; like simply standing in a bank line. It is a way to center and focus the mind and body, bringing clarity and peace to any situation. When your mind is screaming and you’re in pain and despair, sometimes all you can do is breathe and then give thanks you are still breathing! Getting through this one particular breath; and then the next one, and the next, begins with the first. So stop and just breathe.
When consciously breathing, there is an awareness, not metaphysically nor cosmically, but a physical awareness; a shift. Through one inhalation and exhalation, you’ll find peace and comfort. You’ll notice an ease in your stomach, chest, shoulders, head and neck and sense your breath as life inside. To “inspire” is to inhale, to “inspirit” to uplift.
So when in angst, anxiety, perplexed, frustrated, overwhelmed and even overjoyed in excitement, just breathe… one breath at a time.