Realizing the Value of Conscious Breathing
I often think about the consciousness of the body—how bodies are imbued with a consciousness, right down to every cell of the trillions of cells, every body part. When we pay attention to a body part, when we turn our awareness to it, that part is pleased and listening. It perks up; it feels enhanced and acknowledged. It is a challenge for us to realize this, to have an ongoing sense of awareness, as it fades in and out among the myriad focuses that create our lives. The body is an ever-changing, evolving creation. We can continuously work toward creating health, knowing, and union within ourselves. We can experience what I call the "me as we": the subtle, ever-fluctuating, evolving, harmonic interplay of body, mind, and spirit.
Acknowledge Your Breath
Let's think about the Breath. Notice that I capitalized it. This is to give it its proper due. Already now, the Breath feels important, feels acknowledged, and I mean that in a positive way. It is not puffy importance. It simply feels acknowledged for its contribution. The Breath works tirelessly and endlessly for us twenty-four hours a day. How do we take it for granted? Do we give even five minutes a day of conscious thought or attention to its operation?
After all, if the Breath, for whatever reason, decided to stop operating for five minutes, I think we would notice. Suddenly, we would pay attention. It is not a leap to suggest that soon thereafter we would make a transition to another realm of reality. As we all know, we will get to that realm one day, and I think it will be great. But we don't know when that day will be. Maybe we knew once, before we came here, but we don't know now. That doesn't matter. What does matter is how fully and consciously we live here now.