Once again yoga class has given me a gift! For some the gift might be preparing a delectable meal, painting a picture, running a marathon, writing an inspired sentence, or even having a very connected conversation with someone. For me today in yoga class it was about EMAHO! Emaho is a Tibetan invocation for auspiciousness; an expression of joy, wonder and amazement.
How many times during a day do we embrace the moment? What an amazing practice this can be. When it comes to the breath we can either use the breath to stay in the moment of an experience….or we can allow the breath to BE the experience. There is a distinction here. In the former we are using the breath as a focus to quiet the mind…or watch it as the case may be. In the latter our moment IS the breath – how it moves in the body, what is expanding and releasing, ….the actual joy and wonder we feel when we are breathing fully and enjoying every single second of the body of the breath.
Let’s take this a step further. Instead of focusing on how we are breathing, how about focusing on the very miracle that we are simply breathing and ALIVE! Our attention often goes to the details of what is wrong in our lives, our bodies…or our relationships. What if we tipped that on its head so to speak and consciously decided to be thrilled to be right here, right now no matter what is going on!
Experiment this week to see if simply loving the fact that you are breathing changes how you perceive the moments of your life. Might the food that makes its way to your taste buds delight you with its textures, colors, form and abundance. Might the simple act of walking have an entirely different impact on your consciousness. Or sudden immersion in a conversation totally giving the person that is speaking your undivided attention.
Hold your hands in the air and allow your body to sway, undulate, jump, twist, be at rest to notes that mold their way into music that moves you.
It is not so much about HOW your are doing things in your life…but that you are being within those moments with as much of your attention as you can possibly pour into them. Distractions are a plenty in this over stimulus life of ours. Can the fact that you are reading this now as a breathing alive person turn you on in a way that, up until now, you have avoided?
As we age we may want to grab onto the moments and hold them to us – like a held breath. Or sometimes the moments are pushed away because of some aversion deep within that is resting in judgement and the past. Would you like to practice something different?
Mantra for the week: I am thrilled to be breathing right here, right now!
That is all we have. EMAHO! Exapand it into everything – the light and the dark, the joy and the pain…. in your one wild and precious life! NOW, put your hands up in the air and…..
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