Breathing in Full Awareness Is the Key
If you wish to be fulfilled, happy and clearheaded right now, begin by Identifying your breath as an inhalation, and then acknowledging your exhalation as you breathe out.
When you focus on your in-breaths and out-breaths to the exclusion of all else, you can reconnect with your deepest nature very quickly. Become aware of your body, of your chest as it rises and falls with each inhalation and exhalation. This is a dependable way of bringing body and mind together in perfect unity. Too often, our minds and bodies occupy completely different spaces. If we want to be genuinely present for the world and for other living beings we encounter, we need to find and claim unity of body and mind.
Practicing mindfulness throughout the day, you’ll find yourself more attentive to your surroundings, ever more aware of what’s going on both within you and around you. The people and animals around you are in need of your attention, of your radical presence. When you encounter your life as an ongoing series of present-moment realizations, everything deeply healing — the constantly shifting sky, the birdsong, the whisper of the wind in the trees, the plants, animals and people you love — are suddenly yours for the taking. Returning to the present moment and to your true identity through conscious breathing makes it all possible.
Joy, fulfillment and a sense of transcendence are all waiting for you to claim them. Focus on your breathing to the exclusion of all else, and you’re there! The entire universe wants to reveal itself to you, to encourage you to be fully at ease in it. Beautiful sights, sounds, scents and sensations lie ready to be encountered in this moment, now. Your senses and mind are in good working order; you can taste and feel, intuit and dream. These are sources of deep happiness, the enduring kind; breathing in full awareness is the key that opens the door.