How does your body wear happy? Maybe the corners of your lips turn up, you throw your shoulders back and lift your chest. How does your body wear sadness? Do you throw your shoulders forward, your chest sinks in and you turn your lips down? If you were to take the shape of happy into your body would your emotional being feel happy? Try it now. Just smile and see how you feel. If you held your body in the shape of sad does your emotional being feel the effect of sadness, no matter what is really happening at the time? Our emotional bodies and physical bodies are very much connected and the bridge that links the two is titled “THE BREATH.”
Have you ever noticed shortening the breath and speeding it up causes the physical body to react with stress and tension? The body recognizes this sort of breathing as a response to fear, anxiety and tension. If you breathe slow and long with big intervals between the breaths the body will be open and receptive, you will be able to experience peace and joy. Have you ever heard someone say, in a moment of stress “Slow down and just take a deep breath?” We are told to forget about the breath, that it is an involuntary action the body is taking.
Yogis understand the breath quite differently, they see it as a gateway to healing, renewal, energy and most important presence…where we can infuse any quality we wish to experience just by aligning with it in the mind, body and spirit.
So I urge you to slow down…take a deep breath and smile…
Love the life you live and live the life you love!