Life today is probably faster than it has ever been in the history of Man.
It's not hard in the traditional sense, for most of us in the Western World.
But it's really fast, isn't it?
We've probably better standards of living than ever before. But there's a question over the quality of life.
In business, careers, sport, politics and even war, our speed of living has accelerated to that to which we have yet to adapt.
Like the high-performance athlete, the thoroughbred horse, the driven artist or performer, we're in top gear, high performance mode, all the time. We all seem to have little time other than to work, commute and live our social lives.
These events are part of our everyday lives.
And they all need to be done.
It matters not that what we love doing is our work. It matters not how good we are at it either.
Every human being has his/her break point.
We all need to stop, every now and again. We need to be able to stop, rest and relax, both the mind and the body.
But most of us have forgotten how to do that. That's if we ever knew how in the first place.
The alternative consequence is burnout. Breakdown. Disintegration. Look at that last word.
It's the opposite to being integrated, where mind, body and our spirit are at one.
Now, here's a bit of good news.
We can learn integration. We can learn how to quiet the mind, calm the emotions, rest the flagging spirit..
It's a skill. Like all skills, it has its fundamentals, and they can be learned.
That's one of the effects of regular practised breathing. It exerts that effect.
If we do it.
If we practise it.
That's a start. So, start.