There is no doubting the fact that you and your surrounding are similar in composition. The same Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and water which constitutes the cosmos makes up your body. You uptake these elements both tangibly through food and intangibly through breathing. As a result finding peace depends on your ability to be conscious about this exchange and regulating it mindfully.
The scope of science is limited to gases but in actuality you and your surroundings are an absolute unity. Separated by your body and united by the process of breathing. When you inhale you take in a part of the cosmos and while exhaling you give out a part of yourself. There is a perpetual flow of energy between the individual and what surrounds us, but most often we are too busy to be mindful of this fact.
Breathing on Autopilot
Try holding your nose with your mouth shut for 45 seconds. No, actually try it. This is how important breathing is to life. 45 seconds without it will make you feel worse than when you fall from a flight of steps. Yet you never value it enough as to do it mindfully.
Most people are so engrossed in the process of life that they take the vital aspect of breathing for granted. In 75 years of living you breathe approx. 47,30,40,000 times. But no one consciously notices it until a respiratory malfunction. You never understand the significance of something until it is taken away from you. You take it for granted, and leave it on auto pilot.
Benefits of breathing
Being mindful of your breathing even for a little time daily can work wonders for you. When you spend time breathing consciously, you will not only improve your physical health, but the way you see the world will change. Among other things it:
Fills you with Gratitude– Makes you realize that being alive is a prize.
Helps you stay grounded– Every human being, no matter of their caste, creed, color, strata or religion is united by the basic process of breathing.
Increases Self Awareness – While noticing your own breath, you are introduced to your inner self, this helps you in finding peace by making you aware of the actual person beyond your daily routine.
Increase perceptiblilty– Once you start being mindful of your breath, you start seeing the world with more perceptive eyes. As your awareness of basic processes enhances, it is also duplicated in your mind awareness of the world. Hence you start registering more than what meets the eye.
Enhance control make you independent- By connecting you with your inner spirit, mindful breathing makes you in charge of your actions. Most people live their lives as a response, responding to people, phone calls, news and messaged. They seldom control life, but by being aware of your breath you get insights into you own likes and dislikes and as a result you dont allow no smart phone or boss to control your thoughts.
Decrease anxiety and stress– By focusing on your breath you will realize what is truly significant in life and how most stresses and anxieties are a result of society induced demands. When you look within you fill find contentment in simplicity, joy in the gift of life, which will diminish anxieties and stress.
Finding peace through breathing
Life is too short to waste on hate, so finding the love inside and then spreading it is the basic essence of life.
We are part of our environment, we are not merely made by it, we are it. The ones who understand this concept are in alignment with the universe and flow with it.
When you let go of the auto pilot and breathe consciously, there is a very subtle shift, there is more grace and less mechanics in your breathing. Once you understand this , every breathe you take will be full of grace and this will show in all your actions. Once you get into alignment, the breathing will be an indicator to the natural grace present in you.
Your approach towards every daily task will transform. You will undertake everyday activities with more grace and less mechanics. This will not only make you do justice to the task but help you in finding peace while doing them.
Try to take your attention to your breathe this very second. Spend some time with it, let your thoughts flow and allow yourself the luxury of just sitting still and being one with your surroundings, you will see finding peace is just a breath away.