Breath is Life’s Teacher

Breath is the bridge between our physical existence and our spiritual essence, intricately woven into the fabric of our nervous system.

It is a silent teacher, guiding us to live fully in the present moment and connect deeply with our inner selves.

This beautiful poem by Donna Martin explains this incredible connection beautifully.

Breath is life’s teacher

Observe me, says the breath, and learn to live effortlessly in the present moment. Feel me, says the breath, and feel the ebb and flow of life.
Allow me, says the breath, and I’ll sustain and nourish you, filling you with energy and cleansing you of tension and fatigue.

Move with me, says the breath, and I’ll invite your soul to dance.
Make sounds with me and I shall teach your soul to sing.
Follow me, says the breath, and I’ll lead you out to the farthest reaches of the universe, and inward to the deepest parts of your inner world.

Notice, says the breath, that I am as valuable to you coming or going… that every part of my cycle is as necessary as another… that after I’m released, I return again and again… that even after a long pause – moments when nothing seems to happen – eventually I am there.

Each time I come, says the breath, I am a gift from life. And yet you release me without regret… without suffering… without fear.

Notice how you take me in, invites the breath. Is it with joy… with gratitude…? Do you take me in fully… invite me into all the inner spaces of your home? …Or carefully into just inside the door? What places in you am I not allowed to nourish?

And notice, says the breath, how you release me. Do you hold me prisoner in closed up places in the body? Is my release resisted… do you let me go reluctantly, or easily?

And are my waves of breath, of life, as gentle as a quiet sea, softly smoothing sandy stretches of yourself….Or anxious, urgent, choppy waves…Or the crashing tumult of a stormy sea…?

And can you feel me as the link between your inner and outer worlds… feel me as life’s exchange between the Universe and You? The Universe breathes me into You… You send me back to the Universe. I am the flow of life between every single part and the whole.

Your attitude to me, says the breath, is your attitude to Life. Welcome me… embrace me fully. Let me nourish you completely, then set me free. Move with me, dance with me, sing with me, sigh with me… Love me. Trust me. Don’t try to control me.

I am the breath.
Life is the musician.
You are the flute.
And music –
creativity – depends on all of us. You are not the creator… nor the creation. We are all a part of the process of creativity… You, life, and me: the breath.

This profound connection is why I dedicated myself to writing both of my books on breath.

Over the years, my fascination with the breath has only deepened as I uncovered its transformative magic in my practice. My current book, Breathe Better, Sleep Better, available on Amazon, is designed for students of yoga, offering insights and techniques to enhance their well-being.

My upcoming book, Teaching Breathwork, is crafted for yoga teachers and will be available soon, providing valuable guidance on integrating breathwork into their teaching. Through these works, I aim to share the incredible potential of the breath to enrich our lives and practices


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