Are you awake? Or are you sleep walking?
Is there brightness in the colors around you?
Do you feel spaciousness inside your body?
Does your heart beat with a vibrant pulse that shakes your skin?
Is there room for your soul to dance wildly at any time of day?
Pinch yourself? Did that work?
No surprise, it usually doesn't.
Now breathe. Well...okay, you're already breathing.
No, I mean....breathe.
Close your eyes. Inhale slowly and intentionally fill your belly so it expands out, then fill the ribs and puff up into the chest and collar bone. At the top of your inhale hold for a second or two, then exhale forcefully and loudly.
Do that again. And again. One more time.
Open your eyes.
Wake up. You are here. You are alive.
Be present and fully awake in each choice you make,
and each movement you lead.
Normal involuntary breathing is so automatic that the "simple" act of consciously breathing is actually not so simple. It takes self-control and patience, and this practice is called yoga. It's the practice of holding on and letting go. It's the practice of creating space in places there was none. It re-cultivates self-awareness and internal balance. It is the practice of peace. It is a place called "home", and as long as you have your breath, you have a home, where ever you may go.
Hello, I'm Julie.
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