One breath is a deeper revelation than the Bible, the Qur'an, and all the Vedas.
Savor every inch of this inhalation, from the bottom of your belly to the space above your crown, and you will possess incalculable abundance. Your breath is the river of wonder that leads to the ocean of God.
In truth, every inspired scripture or prophecy came from the silence where your breath arises, and to which it returns. Can you be so present that the supreme adventure is your next breath?
To delight in this breath is the end of war. To be grateful for the wealth of this breath is the end of craving and blind consumption. When you are truly awake, to breathe is the purest form of worship. Every conscious breath brings peace on earth.
An inhalation is given, not taken. Rest in the grace of this and be grateful.
This breath is the revolution. The most radical political movement is to be present in this breath.
Only people who are present are response-able. Only people who are present free themselves from images and thoughts in the mind, which are of the past and future. Now they can see and hear each other, and solve problems together.
In Presence there is neither left nor right, liberal or conservative. There is simply listening, and response.
Your breath is the Om-coming of sustainable economics. "Economy" comes from the Greek words "ecos," home, and "nomos," law. "Eco-nomy" means government of the home. When we feel completely at home in this breath, what can we crave? When we descend into the heart by means of this breath, where is the angry restless mind? Merged in the sacred space between exhalation and inhalation, mind is governed by the heart.
Astonished by a breath, your needs are few. When your needs are few, you exploit no one. You can walk gently, tasting the green grass with your bare feet, discovering the miracle of the smallest bud, the riches of a pebble.
This Sabbath morning, why not let the unconscious miracle of breathing become conscious, and awaken Adam from the dust?
In Hebrew, "adamah" means dust. The Biblical story is full of puns, and these puns contain the secrets of Yoga. Creator breathes divine breath, "nafesh," into the dust-body of Adam. Only then does the dust become a "living soul": a "nefesh." Your breath threads your back to the source of creation.
The great meditation teacher, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, says that 98% of the toxins in our body can be expelled through the breath. And most dis-ease, at its early stage, before manifesting in the physiology, can be healed through the breath. The art of breathing is the innate bio-spiritual technology for health that we sorely need to rediscover in this age. (LINK: Sudarshan Kriya)
Photo: Blossoms at my window.