Reflections on Breathing

Breathing. When asked to reflect on this topic, I must admit I avoided it until the absolute last minute. Nothing came to mind. Nothing inspiring anyway. Then today I went for a walk in my neighborhood, and couldn’t help but notice when my breathing picked up. With just my iPod and nature, it wasn’t hard to become conscious of what was in my immediate vicinity, including my breath. It occurred to me that this awareness, this consciousness, sneaks up on you when you least expect it, yet when it does, you sort of don’t want to leave.

Being alone with your breath is sort of like being alone for a walk. You begin by trying hard to think about the task at hand, and then you lose yourself in it. You really have no other way to entertain yourself other than using your senses, and it’s amazing what happens when your blood starts pumping! As I walked, I not only breathed in the fresh spring air, but also noticed the scents of the homes around me, the melting snow on the grass and the strong wind blowing against my face. The simple act of moving (in my case, walking), is all I needed to get my juices flowing, in every sense. I became physically invigorated while my mind began to drift away from the daily stressors and float into daydreams, which segued into goals and finally led me to next steps of action to take in my life – today. It was an amazing feeling that I often take for granted.

I am in awe at how something that we do all day, every day, can be both a conscious and a subconscious act. Imagine what it would be like if we were able to tap into this consciousness more regularly. You already breathe anyway, so why not make the most of it!