What is breath if not fuel for life?
Yoga Mag.com Describes prana briefly as so:
"Prana: the Universal Life Force
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Zinal (Switzerland), September 1981
In the physical body we have two types of energies. One is known as prana and the other is known as mind or consciousness. That means, in every organ of the body there should be two channels supplying energy. Modern physiology describes two types of nervous systems - the sympathetic and the parasympathetic, and these two nervous systems are interconnected in each and every organ of the body. In the same way, every organ is supplied with the energy of prana and the energy of mind.
Prana is a Sanskrit word constructed of the syllables pra and an. 'An' means movement and 'pra' is a prefix meaning constant. Therefore, prana means constant motion. This constant motion commences in the human being as soon as he is conceived in his mother's womb. Prana is, therefore, a type of energy responsible for the body's life, heat and maintenance." (Yogamag.net)
If this information amazed you - fabulous. Roll with me here. It stuns me to collectively think of energy. So I feel for both sides of my audience. Breath is definitely powerful. Just the other night my pup helped me fall asleep faster by sleeping closer to my breath center rather than by my feet. I haven't been sleeping well, and the other night my pup really noticed and wouldn't sleep at my feet but instead my head. As time slowly passed she inherently started to give me a new rhythm of breath. Her calm demenor and prana gave me illuminated to me that I wasn't fully breathing in an even flow. I was holding my breath and breathing shortly thus causing a sleepless night. Her non-resistance to her Prana lead me back to peace for mine. Isn't it funny how animals truly have this God given and driven 6th sense of energetic awareness? Man wouldn't it be cool to have that quality. I'm sure it's a learnable skill but it's a little bigger than I can understand just yet.
Anyways - back to some deeper prana talk! This moving force around and within us -- is so much greater than we could imagine and so constant, we only need tap into it for more stability. Imagine that? More focus on breath flow will lead ot greater connection of flow in our life?
From the Yoga Mag quote above, I love the description comparison between science driven body awareness and energetic body awareness. To acknowledge both schools of thought (western medicine knowledge of the body and intuitive energetic knowledge of the body), somehow sheds a lot of light on demystifying the importance of our (us humans) connection to breath. Inherently, breath is needed for cell life and for cell communications on a molecular level. But it also runs on a wavelength greater than we cannot see or really fully comprehend; this is the life force being talked about. Much of the mind's consciousness energy is not as hard to understand because it is constantly relevant and a little less grandeur. I mean it's the human mind, we're all in our own a lot and have studied much of western medicine brain patterns in schools.
But involuntary actionable energy routes, prana's level of energy power -- such as your breath flow coming in and out of the body -- are not as easily digestible. Prana is basically legitimizing a second energy force within that is outside of the power of the mind. For a lot of people, the acknowledgment of an energetic force within is mind-boggling; many have shared with me confusion in that it just expands so fast and feels vaguely relatable. I totally get that. I've found some are ready to comprehend. But sometimes when someone doesn't connect, or fully understand -- it means they are on a different frequency from the information they are trying to absorb. This just means that they aren't ready to digest the information. And that's okay! In fact, it could take them years to fully comprehend the lesson because they aren't ready to believe in it.
We are all on our own journey. If i've learned anything in this life I've learned sometimes we have to accept ideas that lean more into the high knowledge seekers range of complexity. It is only through undersanding the seemingly understandable that you can fully connect to the deeper meanings and realms of mindful awareness in this world. It is only by sitting into the uncomfortable that you find the depths of your ability to grow out of it. Let the definition and concept of prana lead you closer to enlightenment by simply taking a moment to go deeper with understanding yours.
Prana, our life force or breath, guides us back to the present moment. Prana invites us to believe in the not yet seen. It has this power because it is interconnected to our soul by way of our organs and physical form. It draws us towards like energy and unites us with the people of our tribe. And yet, we are all on our own journey. Each of us lives our own constitution. Prana magnifies the importance of self-driven thought and self-purpose. It signifies a powerful life force and re-aligns us on our path; guiding us back to our Prakruti, our inner constitution, that drives this life journey. Prana weaves within us and around us. It asks us to have faith. Have faith that the next scoop of new energetic force through breath will come. Without proof, without question. Prana is greater than you can see and runs deeper than you can imagine. So thus I ask you, what is breath if not fuel for life? Do you notice yours? How many breaths a day do you take just to feel the rhythm of life force within you? Or do you live unfocused on your breath, untapped and unphased by the power of this life force?
Which ever side of understanding you are, start meditation, start mindbody awarenes, start something to ignite your Prana's highest level of force! Just see, what any awareness to your breath and clearing your thoughts does. The silence might just lead you to a deeper connection with Prana. Prana gives us passion, desire for commitment, and reignites intention - unlock yours and see what possibilities flow into your life.
Your fearless creator