Take a deep breath.
I don’t mean a shallow little chest-riser, I mean a proper breath — slow and deliberate.
Let your lungs inflate the stomach first, then the chest, before releasing it all from the top down. Go on, use the breath to refresh, release and repeat. Keep going until it becomes natural.
Because it is natural; this is how we breathed as babies — before trauma and conditioning, before psychological fear.
This is why most of us don’t breathe properly. When we’re anxious our stomach tightens with stress, our breath becomes fast and shallow, our body becomes tight and twisted. We fold our arms and avoid eye contact when conversing with others, we close down and forget the miracle of the moment. I’m not exempt from this. I do it all the time. That’s why it’s called a practice.
But I do know this; the more we breathe and feel our body, the more we release trapped emotions and blocked energy. The more we release, the more the river of the breath floods our body with aliveness and power, because we let life in with the inhalation and gratefully let it go with the exhalation. So don’t take your life for granted. Open your heart. Inhale love, exhale gratitude.
“Oh, come on, that’s all fine and dandy but look at the state of the world, what do I have to be grateful for?” I know it’s tough, I’m with you. The virus situation seems like a never-ending nightmare, the economy teeters on the brink of collapse, world governments are drowning in the chaos and many of us are separated from our loved ones. We’re all in this mess together.
This is what life wants us to recognise; our oneness, our unity in diversity, our true nature.
So breathe, feel, listen. You’re alive, that’s amazing. You’re a unique flame unlike anything the universe has ever seen and it couldn’t exist without you, oh Timeless One. You’re that important. We all are, but to know this in the heart, mind and gut, our defence mechanisms must be undone. For only when we cease fighting with ourselves and stop trying to escape the moment through distraction and control, can the healing light of the Spirit enter from inside and help us remember who we are. Only then can we abide in the paradise of the heart, in the temple of being.
This takes time.
But as we align with the greater harmony of the whole, our body-mind becomes a consecrated instrument of the Divine, an overflowing chalice of joy, authenticity, compassion and service, a rainbow of creativity. It’s only natural. We choose to shine. This is what the world longs for.
It isn’t easy being human but as the Dalai Lama reminds us, there are always people suffering more than we are. Which is why we created our donation-based Support Fund, to give back in whatever way we can to those less fortunate, to love and serve so we may rise by lifting others. Everybody’s journey is important, so let’s help each other. Read more about our charity project.
What are you grateful for?
Write them down, and know that gratitude is the greatest attractor for what you want in life.
If you can’t think of anything, start with something simple like your puppy, a hot shower, that hug, being able to get out of bed or having clarity about your needs. It’s also a useful tool to see what we take for granted in the smokey haze of familiarity and to appreciate the abundance all around us instead. The more satisfied we are, the better we can serve others.
As for me, I am grateful for the Karma Love team and community.
I am grateful for Mother Earth and for all the wisdom traditions.
I am grateful for all the lessons in love and patience.
I am grateful for my health.
I am grateful for all those who have answered the silent call of awakening from beyond.
I am grateful for you.
We’re all in this together, so inhale love, exhale gratitude.
Toby (Love Ambassador @KARMA LOVE)