The majority of people on Earth rarely appreciate or make use of one of the simplest things in life, the bodily process for oxygenating and sustaining the life in every cell of their body. Though this biological process (although far more than that in reality) seems so deceptively simple, it is one of the most powerful tools for healing, relaxation, bridging the gap and connecting the mind and body, healing and coming in contact with the deep sense of peace, well-being and joy that comes with clearing your mind and abiding in the now – thus acting as a
portal into the ever present NOW, a portal into the present moment.
Breathing can at times seem almost magical, but you need to practice it consciously to feel its power and realize its potential.
Take a few moments to look away from the computer and take a few deep, long breaths.
First and foremost, it’s important that you’re breathing correctly -from the stomach/diaphragm area, rather than from the chest, which is how most people breathe.
When you breathe in, your stomach area (where your diaphragm is located) should contract and move inwards, while your chest should expand. When you breathe out, your chest and diaphragm should relax, both returning back to their normal positions (the chest contracting back in, whist the stomach/diaphragm are moving back out).
After you start breathing correctly, the rest is easy:
relax the muscles in your body as best you can and start taking long, slow, deep breaths. As you do this, slowly become aware of your mental (thoughts, pictures, sounds…), emotional (feelings…) and physical state (bodily sensations…).
After becoming aware of them, maintain a non-resisting attitude towards them, allowing them to be as they are, accepting them without judgment. In time (sometimes immediately, sometimes it may take a while, trying to rush the process will only create resistance and prolong it), they will subside and pass through you, and all that will remain will be the breath and with it, the naked, pure present moment, bringing you a sense peace, well-being and joy – these may be very subtle at first, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t feel blissful right away, but with continued practice, they will deepen and become more pronounced.
Since breathing is such a powerful tool to bring you back to the present moment (connecting the mind and body and clearing the mind, by allowing you to more easily embrace and welcome the mental and emotional baggage in your internal experience), it can truly be said that breathing is a portal into the present moment.