Living is as Easy as Breathing

by Dr Rachel Hall, Holistic Dentist, Brisbane

Living is as easy as breathingas easy as choosing your breath in each and every moment. As easy as choosing to make that next breath gentle.

Our breath is our life, without it we die.

Yet we take our breath for granted; we breathe in and out mechanically without thought or awareness of our breath or how we are breathing.

HOW WE BREATHE

As a dentist I am very aware of how people breathe. I observe how my patients are breathing as it gives me clues to their health, how they are feeling or how they are coping with their treatment. From hyperventilating to breath holding, shallow breathing to deep sucking in lungfuls of oxygen, nose breathing, mouth breathing, wheezing, gasping… there are so many different ways of breathing and I feel I have seen them all.

We breathe on average 1700 to 2100 times a day. That is a lot of in and out, air passing through our nose and lungs and into our circulation. A lot of breathing muscles and chest walls expanding and contracting, rising and falling.

Studies show that the way we breathe affects our nervous system, hormone production, fight-flight response, stress levels, heart beat and rate, blood pressure and digestion.

There are times when situations or our emotions alter how we breathe, just like when we feel stressed or anxious, angry, upset, frustrated, afraid, excited, happy, calm, loved or when we sleep. In these circumstances what is happening to us is dictating how we react, our breathing, and ultimately our physiology and biochemistry.

CHOOSING HOW TO BREATHE

But what if we could choose to breathe in a way that would allow us to feel in control of life rather than life controlling us?

What if we could choose a breath that would allow us to connect to who we are, breathe for ourselves and remain unaffected by the world and what is happening outside of us?

What if we could use our breath to become aware of how we are feeling, what is happening in our body and to become more in touch with ourselves?

Well guess what? – we can, it is as easy as breathing… well, as easy as choosing how to breathe.

As easy as choosing to breathe for yourself. As easy as breathing gently in and out through your nose. As easy as watching and observing your breath as often as you can during the day. And as easy as stopping and bringing yourself back to that gentle breath.

BREATHING GENTLY

Breathing gently in and out through the nose, as taught in The Gentle Breath Meditation by Serge Benhayon, has allowed thousands to be more at one with themselves, to be in charge of their breath and how their body feels.

For me it has allowed me to feel Settled inside and at ease. I feel less rushed, pressured and dictated to by external events and other people. I feel healthier, less emotional, less stressed and as if I have more time in my day. I also notice, especially at work, how maintaining my rhythm and gentleness of breathing allows my patients and team members to also be more at ease. (Which as you can imagine is a blessing in a highly charged environment like the dental office!).

By taking that choice to breathe gently to a deeper place and choosing to breathe fully for me I have found that I know exactly what is needed and when; from knowing what to do or say to making big decisions and simple choices like when to rest, eat, exercise, work or sleep.

Breathing gently allows me to connect to me and from that connection make a choice rather than reacting to events, people or emotions. Breathing gently puts me back in charge of me.

When I breathe fully for me I become exquisitely aware of how I am feeling or reacting and also of how others feel, what they are projecting or needing. My breathing becomes like a fine tuning system allowing my sixth sense of feeling to kick in at a higher level. Living becomes clearer, richer and simpler. I feel like I am truly living, not just existing and being dictated to by life.

Living is as easy as breathingas easy as choosing your breath in each and every moment. As easy as choosing to make that next breath gentle.

The Gentle Breath Meditation, as taught by Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine – a meditation for health and vitality.

139 thoughts on “Living is as Easy as Breathing

  1. Thankyou Rachel, this is a foundation we can all live by, as by choosing the quality of our breath we also choose the quality of energy in our body.

  2. Our breath is a great reflection to how we are living, when we are exhausted we breathe more deeply, when we are in a rush our breath becomes racy, and when we breath gently feeling the flow of air that passes through our nose and through our lungs, our livingness becomes steady, and even when there is a drama in life, and we are able to stay steady with our gentle breath, we don’t get rocked or pushed about, as we remain calm from within.

  3. This is so so true, “we breathe in and out mechanically without thought or awareness of our breath or how we are breathing.” We take it for granted and only when things are interrupted or inconvenienced do we stop and realise we have taken them for granted and then wonder why. I am returning to appreciating what is around me for no reason, just for the mere fact it’s there. Appreciation is a key for me to unlocking more of the world to see.

    1. Love this comment Ray – we do so much on autopilot… ‘unconsciously’ and yet if we stop for a moment and take a good look at it with fresh eyes, life is quite simply amazing. All of it, to the detail. All we need to do is look up and remain present.

      1. So true and this is how to live life truly, by always giving everything fresh eyes and a fresh start. No matter what has happened before or how you have read a situation the next time you see it bring all of you to it. In other words don’t walk into something just because it’s always been there, give everything a fresh discern and from there you are always truly living.

  4. How deeply empowering it is to breathe our own breath which flows on to our every movement in life and the quality of life we will go on to live. The alternative is to live someone else’s rhythm and be at the mercy of whatever comes out way.

  5. It makes sense that, when we put more attention to something that we do in every moment in our life, it has a big impact on the quality of how we are living.

  6. It is so true, when my boat has been rocked and I am all upset and emotional, my breathe rapidly changes and in a one extreme occasion, I was panting and struggling to breathe in, and only when I calmed down did my breathe slow down and I could breathe normal again.

  7. We do take our breath for granted and we are used to not paying much attention to it unless our breathing is affected in a big way when something happens to us. Bringing our awareness to our breath reveals the power we have in claiming our own breath and empowering ourselves not be rocked by life and situations but live from a steady quality and truth from within.

  8. It is so true how much we take our breath for granted…and yet without it we don’t exist. When I make the time to observe my breath flowing in and out it is so very stilling and there is no past or future only the present or the moment with the breath.

    1. I agree and this for me reflects just how much we take for granted that every moment we are offered the opportunity to evolve, and that we are supported to no end to live in connection to all that we are through our every breath.

  9. “Living becomes clearer, richer and simpler. I feel like I am truly living, not just existing and being dictated to by life.” Who would have thought that breathing made life simpler! We all know it is needed to keep us alive but how often do we truly appreciate the input we have which determines the output?

  10. The way we breathe offers us a great reflection to the way we are choosing to live. In bringing awareness to our breath we bring awareness to how we are living and if the we are in fact breathing the life we want and deserve to live – one that is connection to and enriched with who we are.

  11. ‘I have found that I know exactly what is needed and when; from knowing what to do or say to making big decisions and simple choices like when to rest, eat, exercise, work or sleep’. This is how living has become easy for me – having always created struggle… which started with self-care, truly nourishing and honouring my body to being very gentle in my movements.

  12. There are a lot of things to choose in life, but there is not much awareness around the breath and choosing to breathe your own breathe, which truly supports you in all your decisions and knowing what is needed in any given situation.

  13. Being aware of my breath has really helped me to get an understanding of how I’m feeling. Whether I’m holding on to something, feeling nervous or anxious or even tired. It’s a wonderful tool to bring awareness back to your body.

  14. “When I breathe fully for me I become exquisitely aware of how I am feeling” Learning and experiencing the Gentle Breath Meditation should be as much a part of education as learning to read.

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