The understanding of the sacredness of breath extends into every ancient world tradition. If we explore the scriptures familiar to Western thinking, the Bible, the expression, "In the beginning was the word", is an indirect teaching highlighting that breath and language are interconnected.
Amazingly, if we stop and consider breathing, we begin to see how the whole World and Universe are breathing. Simply put, breathing is merely the fluctuation of waves in a beautiful rhythmic exchange The moon waxes and wanes, the tides rise and fall, the heart lubs and dubs, the seasons apex and trough, and the sun rises and sets. The whole World that we are living in is merely the fluctuation of breathing in myriad forms.
So what is the purpose of breath? Breath is to be inspired, to live, to feel, to laugh and to cry. Breathing is a gift that can support us in times of crisis by offering the understanding that all things come and go. For centuries, cultures have used the breath of the body as a focal point in meditation to enable a passage into a deeper understanding. When we consciously breathe, our perspective changes and we literally unify our breathing with the larger cosmic pattern that surrounds us today.
Take this moment, pull away from this screen, and just tune into your breathing. Watch what happens.
This is meditation, and the beautiful thing here is that we do not need to retreat to a center or to a majestic vista to tune into life. Rather, we can, right here and right now, tune into the miracle of breath within the body and join the Universe. Breathe on!