A man asked me why he was feeling so well from practising the Breathing Exercises I'd shown him. Good question. Here's the gist of what I said to him.
As we centre on breathing, we focus on the whole body as it exists within that precise moment. As the mind busies itself with this observation, most of, or all of, the distractions, and other fleeting thoughts, disperse.
This is nothing new. The world of psychology has been applying this to help people still their minds and calm their emotions for decades.
The Eastern world has been practising it for millennia. We in the Western
World are now beginning to see this simple, practical, and indispensable exercise, for its value.
As we centre on our breathing, and the mind and the body harmonize, our world becomes stilled.
Like a yacht that’s anchored in a harbour, the yacht swings and sways with prevailing tides and waves. But she never moves. The hull, in other words, is aware of the changing conditions, but is not affected seriously by then.
Our breathing practice allows us to do the same thing. We are anchored to our stillness, our quiet, our peace. Events, reactions, emotions, all occur in and around us, but do not affect us in the same way, as we are anchored and held in the one place emotionally. Though we may be buffeted, swung, and shifted, we remain anchored and fastened.
With frequent practice we deepen the anchor and our attachment to it. And this is why this particular gentleman was finding himself responding to stressful events with an alertness, but a calm that allowed him think clearly and respond more effectively than ever before.
That’s how it works. But you need to DO it.