𝘖𝘯𝘦 𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦: 𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴
"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is known as the Father of Mindfulness. His words and teachings capture the deep connection between breath, life, and consciousness.
You've heard me harp on about breath and breathing before, but recently, when I came across these two sentences, I realised that although breathing is the simplest task a human can do, it can also be the most complex to comprehend its true potential.
The breath serves as the bridge that links the physical realm of the body to the subtle energetic body and, ultimately, Spirit. It allows us to explore the depths of our consciousness.
In Kundalini Yoga, the breath is considered a fundamental aspect of the practice. Breathing techniques, also known as pranayama, play a central role in awakening and channelling the Kundalini energy. And different breathing exercises are used to cleanse and balance the energy centres, promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
The breath is the essence of mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh expressed and is also the power behind grounding our wandering minds, which means even during moments of mental turmoil and scattered thoughts, we have a simple yet potent tool at our disposal to regain control.
The breath acts as an anchor in guiding us back to the present moment and helps us reclaim focus and clarity. Our yogic practice, incorporating pranayama, becomes tangible and accessible through the simplicity of a breath.
The result is breath awareness. We begin to cultivate an intimate understanding of ourselves. We learn to observe our thoughts without judgment, creating space for self-compassion and growth. The breath becomes a constant companion, an ever-present reminder to remain present and centred.
Thich Nhat Hanh's wisdom calls us to harness the transformative power of the breath and to nurture a harmonious relationship between the body and mind to embrace the richness of our conscious existence.
One breath at a time...