There is an underestimated resource within all of us. It is the breath. It is so easily overlooked because it is what we all do, all the time. We take it for granted. If we start to appreciate and breathe consciously, we will relax more and let life flow. It is when we relax that true healing takes place.
If we look at the simplicity of the breath, it is fair to say that it gives us life or at least supports life, for without it we would die. Looking at life and nature there is a natural ebb and flow, birth and death, similar to the in breath and the out breath. The sun comes up, then sets before the new day begins. In between all this there are events and processes in life that can potentially disturb the natural feeling of flow and you experience blocks in health, career, and relationships. All the while nothing really changes. The sun still comes up and goes down. A new day waits. And so it is.
Why then do we allow blocks and barriers and create resistance in feeling the natural order and joy in the process of life?
There is no intention in removing the mind because this is impossible. The mind is so important and there to work for us, even though it often seems to work against us. By breathing consciously, attention is directed to a natural flow in life instead of getting sidetracked with the thousands of potentials (positive or negative) created in the mind. We are by nature creative beings who express through action. This is something the mind cannot do. The breath however can. The breath is a being, moving force that never stops. It also creates an opportunity for the mind to rest and not worry so much. The worry of tomorrow takes the energy away from today.
In the example of a man being shot and a doctor saving his life, the doctor or the patient do not indulge in intellectual discussions on why he may have been shot before the doctor removes the bullet. In simplicity, it doesn’t matter where pain comes from. We either feel it or we don’t. We are either content or discontent. We are either in peace or agitated. It doesn’t matter why, or where it came from. We can simply breathe and choose to be well, in peace, in joy and calm.