I have never felt more alive than when I am lying down in bed, in complete awareness of every breath entering and leaving my body. As this consciousness of my own breathing increases, my heart seems to pump faster while my breathing itself slows down to a gentle, rocking, wave-like motion.
So alive, that it immediately calms me down and soothes all my pains and aches. So alive, that it makes me grateful for this small yet enormous miracle of life. All stress and worry simply melts away from my body and with every breath I take, I can feel happiness seeping in and exuding from every iota of my being.
That’s it. It is that simple. I have no sermon, lecture, tutorial or explanation to give to you today. Just a benign reminder that the biggest of our problems, ailments and doubts can be surmounted if we but take a moment to be at peace with and at one with our own selves. In this humdrum affair of life, this inevitable rat race, we end up neglecting the one person who has the wherewithal to sort everything out – our own inner self.
So every night, before calling it a day, and every morning before rushing into your to-do list, take a few moments to simply breath in and breathe out. Feel the air flow through you right to the very pit of your belly and then make its way back out. Feel it lift up your spirits and ease your mind, making it better equipped to effectively tackle what lays ahead. Let it remind you of the simplest, noblest and grandest truth there is – Life goes on.
Try it, really. Report back to me, if you will. I have received countless comments and mails on my recent posts on self-care, soul-care and social media and sanity struggles which made me want to put this out there for other lost souls looking for a path back to normalcy. If you want to learn more about breathing exercises, mindfulness and how these can turn your life around – you might want to check out the practice of Pranayama (in Yoga). A little faith and a little routine can go a long way.