Throughout our busy days, we often lose sight of our initial goals, those goals that leap into our minds when we first awake from our nightly slumber, pockets of inspiration. We forget what we set out for, and we forget ourselves.
For these reasons, conscious breathing and proper posture are so important to me.
I want to be connected to my body. My body isn’t something for me to ignore – I’m living in it. I want to treat it right, feed it well, make it feel good, and enliven it. Holding healthy posture helps keep myself anchored in my body so that I'm not stuck in my mind all the time but present in all of me. At any given moment throughout a busy day, I can call
my attention back to my body and go through a quick inspection on how I’m feeling and what all of me is doing. I can regroup myself, and then from that point restart whatever it is I'm doing, be able to acknowledge the adjustments that are necessary in my work now that I've made the necessary adjustments within myself.
Sitting or standing upright, shoulders back and relaxed, and spine erect with my skull evenly balanced upon it (which can be achieved by tucking your chin back into a comfortable position) is great posture for most any given situation.
A single conscious breath can call my attention back to my body. A single conscious breath can still my mind, my emotions, my whole being. A single conscious breath can assist me in remembering what I set out to do in my day, my life. It can assist in a call for justice, stilling my
anger and directing it with due force, and help when holding the hand of a sobbing friend. It can soothe my depressive complexes and bring me into a closer bond with my lover. It can temper hopelessness and the feelings of loss. A single conscious breath can do all these things for me, and more. A single conscious breath is strong magic.
Conscious breathing also assists in the work of bearing presence. You exist. You are a constant existence in this world, and it is evident through every breath you take. Being aware of your breath leads to being aware of your space and of your being within it. The world need not be so small. Let your space expand. Let yourself open up to the world around you. Breathe. You are alive! Bright and beautiful. Stay in the moment of the essence of your existence, stay in every moment, and never let go. Don’t go back to sleep.
So take a moment now as you read this to sit up and align your body now if you haven’t already. Take a deep breath so that it fills your whole being. Breathe into your still point, resting somewhere just below your navel. Just breathe. Remember who you are, remember your work. Send out a prayer for yourself in this moment, that you may stay in conscious presence, connected to your body and your breath, wherever you go and whatever you do. Blessed be.