new beginnings….part 2….
September 26, 2008 § Leave a comment
I am left with this question ringing in my mind upon further reflection on my post and just on the things that people do and say….how do we get to that point in our lives where we no longer recognize ourselves? how do we get so far away from ourselves that we don’t know where to begin to find our way back? how do we begin the process of finding our way back amongst all of the noise surrounding us?
………now an hour later, after being distracted by lots of other functions on this computer, lol…I come back, still searching for an answer…still trying to figure out how.
How: By remembering that you are breathing.
Seems like a stupid suggestion since it is so obvious, right? But think about it — when was the last time you really just took 5 seconds to reflect on the fact that you are breathing? The fact that with each breath you take your heart is pumping blood through the whole of your entire body, that your brain is operating all of this, and that you are still alive? When was the last time you paid attention to your breath? Really paid attention to how your body works every breath to keep you alive? Really thought about the miracle inherent in each breath, especially given how fragile human life can be in the realm of of this world?
Now, remembering that you are breathing is not going to magically place you in the right direction, but it will give you a break from all of the craziness of your day…and who doesn’t need a break, right? All it takes is five seconds…and all of sudden you have given yourself a mini-break…a much needed mini-break. The beauty of remembering that you are breathing, remembering this miracle, is that whenever you get all lost in the craziness of life — you just might remember how good it felt to take that break and you will focus yourself once more on reflecting upon your breath. And as you continue to go back to reflecting and honoring your breath, which is what you are doing when you are appreciating the fact that you are in fact still breathing, you will find that you just may revel in that momentary stillness.
I am not speaking of deep meditation or anything else that may ask for big chunks of your busy life — all I am suggesting is to remember the fact that you are breathing. Honoring your breathing leads you to appreciate the alive feeling flowing through your body each time you breathe. And as you continue on breathing and honoring your breathing, you begin to sense that part of you that lets you know when things are alright and allows you to feel safe. That space, that momentary stillness where you feel safe and alright? Yea — that is what is going to guide you back to the right direction.
So, just remember that you do in fact breathe…and with each breath, remember what it feels like to feel safe. And as you begin to recognize and take comfort in that feeling, you begin your own unique journey back to the right direction — where each step you choose to take brings you that safe feeling.
Remember…breathe. Just breathe.