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Thought for a New Year
BREATHING IS EVERYTHING
By BRIAN GERMAIN
As we begin again in this
New Year, I find myself contemplating my core message the world.
What is it that I am trying to say, in a concise package, that folks can take
to the bank? What memorable secret will actually help people in their daily
have come to the same conclusion, over and over again: We must remember to
No matter what the challenge is, life requires
respiration. Depending on how well we breathe in the process of navigating any
specific reality, we will either run out of energy and focus, or we will make
it to the finish line in style. Breathing, it seems to me, is everything.
only truly replenishable resource in the universe is hope. In my
experience, hope is not something that holds the same level over time, but fluxuates
depending on the worldview created by our emotional climate.
Our internal experience is created by our object of our attention, and how it
makes us feel. Therefore, if we are to have control over our emotional
experience, we must have the conscious clarity to wake up from a focus of
attention that is bringing us down, and find a way to allow a feeling of
relief. Once the feeling of relief is upon us, we are able to conjure an
alternate focus of attention that makes us feel better.
The breath is not just the means by which we allow air
into our bodies; it is the way in which we allow the feeling of relief into our consciousness.
A deep breath is a true turning point. It is a moment of pivoting in our direction of
motion, from something that does not feel good to us, toward something that does
Hang on a second, am I suggesting that you turn away from
everything that makes you feel bad? That sounds really Pollyanna, right? If I do not place my attention on things
that feel bad, they will grow and turn into something worse, right? Wrong. We
cannot approach any topic with a feeling of negativity, especially ones that
are feeling bad because of the magnitude of importance of the issue. We first
need to alter how we view this thing,
and change how we feel when we look
at it. Proceeding with the feeling of negativity will always lead to a negative
result. It is the deep breath of relief that brings in a different perspective
that allows us to negotiate any challenging circumstances. This is how hope
Breathing is a mostly unconscious process for most
people, most of the time. The times that we do realize how we are breathing are
the moments that allow us to get our breath back under control, to fill our
bodies with oxygen, and our minds with the perspective of wellbeing that always
leads to solutions. If we are to become happier people, we must get better at
noticing our respiration, and doing something about it.
When we realize that we are stressed, the message first
comes from our Solar Plexus, at the middle of our abdomen. We do not feel good.
We do not feel happy. We are moving too fast for the joy level that we are
carrying at the moment. Speed is fine if you are filled with love and joy and
positive energy for what you are doing or thinking about. It is another matter
when you are not feeling good, and pushing a bad position. If you do not feel
good, you need to stop, now, and re-collect yourself. You need to get your vibe
back under control because if you do not, you will not be able to fix anything,
and anything you try to fix will just get worse. Cranky just creates more
cranky. The only solution is to use the emotion as an indicator, and the breath
as the throttle.
It has occurred to me, as I teach people how to jump out
of airplanes, that most people do not have a clear game-plan when it comes to
getting their breath back under control. I even see instructors in the airplane
talking to their students, telling them to breathe, while doing a great job of
demonstrating how NOT to breathe. They don't have a game-plan either. I have
realized that, due to my exposure to meditation and self-hypnosis from a very
early age, I might have something to share that may help people in this regard.
My "Relax, Focus and Flow" message seems to help, but it did not speak directly
to the way in which we relax and focus. It did not remind
folks how to breathe. So, here goes:
A Meditation by Brian Germain
I invite you to take
a moment right now, and stop what you are doing. I invite you to take a long, slow, deep breath, all the way in, relaxing as you do.
Expanding your chest, open your body, open your mind. Allow a feeling of deep
relief in. Let go of all your resistance to the well-being that is who you
really are. Let the feeling of relief in, all the way in. Let the top of the inhale be round and soft,
drifting over the hill of complete expansion, falling gently into a slow
exhale, like an autumn leaf floating downward. At the bottom of the release,
allow a feeling of complete surrender, and feel your life force ask for more.
Feel how this drive within you is eager and hopeful for the future, excited
about what is to come. Allow this feeling of joy to bring more air into your
body, and more life force from the world around you. Balance the childlike
exuberance of the inhale with the patience of maturity, slowing the influx, but
always allowing it to progress further toward life-affirming expansion, and then
slowly drifting over the hill at the fullest extent of your capacity, gently surrendering
again to gravity and the natural flow that takes back the breath that you have
borrowed from the world. The soft sound
of your slow, controlled exhale is the airy ohm of "Thank You", as you release
your breath lovingly back into the wild.
(In case you haven't
heard that one before, it is a salutation used by the People of the Himalayas,
which means ):
"I honor the place in
you in which
the entire Universe dwells,
I honor the place in you
which is of Love,
of Integrity,of Wisdom and of Peace.
When you are in that place
and I am in that place in me,
we are One."
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