Breath by Breath: the Quality of the Breath; part one

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Lightning, Chicago: Photograph by A. Rodriguez , My Shot
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As we become more familiar with breathing, we perceive subtle nuances in it.
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Sometimes the breath is very fine, like silk or satin; it enters and exits freely.
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How wonderful just to be breathing!
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At other times it is coarse, more like burlap; it fights its way in and out.
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Sometimes the breath is so deep and smooth that it affects the whole body, relaxing us profoundly.
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Other times it’s so short and pinched, hurried and agitated, that our minds and bodies are like that, restless and uncomfortable.
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It’s hard to know what comes first, whether the problem is in the breathing, the body, or the mind.
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Each part conditions the others.
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As we practice longer, we come to see that these distinctions are false anyway; these supposed parts of us are really just one thing.
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But the breath is an extremely sensitive psychic barometer.
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One of the things you learn about this whole process—the conjunction of mind and body, with the breath as the meeting place—is that awareness has an extremely powerful effect on it.
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This isn’t a matter of controlling, or attempting to change, the breath.
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One response to this post.

  1. Yes! Celebrate your breathing! Celebrate you’re breathing!

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