Take the silver scalpel and slice into the thick expanse
Release the mischievous sprite… Breathe
Twist the broken latch to open the tiny porthole
Twirl into the zephyr… Breathe
Use your rusted key to unlock the old iron door
Welcome your fairy Godmother… Breathe
Make a daring fist and smash through the glass ceiling
Shower yourself with stars… Breathe
Use your natural brilliance and surrender to the creation
Offer yourself the present… Breathe
The best lesson I’ve ever learned in life… BREATHE. Control your breath, control your life.
It’s one of life’s simplest message yet, the hardest act to master. I was in a yoga class awhile back and was having a hard time doing the headstand. The more I struggled to hold myself up, the more I tumbled until finally I gave up, utterly frustrated. The rest was a disaster and I couldn’t wait to get out of there when the class ended. But, the teacher stopped me on my tracks and asked if I could stay for a minute longer. I saw you during class, she said, you seemed really frustrated. Yes, I nodded, I’m new to yoga. She asked me to lie down on my mat and breathe. She said, count in and out until your intake rhythm matches the outtake. I counted in my head… In, 2, 3, 4, Out, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6… My balance was clearly off. I focused a few more breaths until I started to feel the rhythm. After about a minute of solid breathing, try doing a headstand, she instructed, but, don’t stop counting, she quickly added. I closed my eyes, made a V with my arms for my head to rest and slowly counting in my head, (with some help of course), uncurled my lower body into a perfect headstand and held it for almost a minute. It was a turning point for me on so many levels. Had I run out of there like I wanted to, I probably would’ve never found my balance again. Had the teacher not come over to help me, I would’ve never learned to appreciate the art of yoga. But, the best lesson of the day was this… Stop focusing on what is happening around you and start concentrating on what is happening inside you. Take care of the basics- inhale and exhale.
The next time you find yourself in a jam- maybe you have to give a serious presentation at the office, or speak at a charity event. Perhaps, you are having heart palpitations trying to work up the nerve to talk to to that cutie at the gym or maybe, you’ve just had a fight with your best friend… Take a deep breath and remind yourself, control your breath, control your life. Find a quiet corner and repeat this mantra- SO HUM, which literally means YOU ARE I in Sanskrit. Awaken the primal rhythm that is already programmed inside you. Steady your breath and until you locate your organic center. You and I are one. Breathe in. You are me and I am you. Breathe out. Watch your stress melt away and the space around you transform into a beautiful oasis. It’s not magic… it’s all air. Just breathe!