The average human breathes 13-15 times a minute or 21,000-21600 times in a 24 hour day.
21,600 breaths per day = 7,884,000 breaths per year
7,884,000 breaths per year = 946,080,000 breaths in 120 years or the life span of a healthy human according to yogic texts.
The yogi measures a life not by years but rather by the number of breaths one is allotted to each lifetime.Logic suggests then to slow it down, and make each breath longer if one wants to live longer. In this way we actually conserve energy and increase our vitality and increase our chances of experiencing bliss.
“Breath is mind in action……
The implication of this technology is that we are not helpless victims of a given emotional state.
By altering the flow of nasal breath, the body chemistry gradually changes and unwanted emotional and physiological states slowly disappear”
Harish Johari, author of Breath, Mind and Consciousness.
Now Is The Time
Now is the time to know,
That all that you do is sacred.
Now, why not consider
A lasting truce with yourself and God.
Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you finally live
Hafiz is a divine envoy
Whom the Beloved
Has written a holy message upon.
My dear, please tell me,
Why do you still
Throw sticks at your heart
What is it in that sweet voice inside
That incites you to fear?
Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.
This is the time for you to compute the impossibility
That there is anything
Now is the season to know
That everything you do
(translated by Daniel Ladinsky)
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a plan for Arjuna which begins with the instruction to “find his dharma”, or true purpose.
On the way to his dharma, Arjuni found himself on a battlefield prepared for battle, and skilled as a warrior. Facing him was an army of opponents including family, friends, loved one, and many, many others that he knew. And, of course, the others, too.
Finding our true selves and our true purpose can either be a life long pursuit or recognized in a flash of intuition. Either way is challenging at best. Here’s the plan that Krishna shared with Arjuna.
1. First, discover what your dharma (purpose) is.
2. Then, do it full out, hold nothing back. Give it your full attention.
3. Next, let go of the ‘fruits of the action’ or said another way, detach from the outcome.
4. And finally, dedicate your actions to the greater good of all beings.
Yeah, right! What Krishna doesn’t say is what specific actions to apply. There is no manual or instruction sheet on how to figure out life purpose. If you are one of the lucky ones who are ‘born knowing’, you are blessed. Practice #3 & #4 consistently.
For the rest of us…………………….
Keep breathing, consciously, slowly, one breath at a time.
Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.
ps. you might want to consult with an astrologer for more information on this topic.
I just love this picture of Krishna. I yearn to sit under a tree, play some music, and have that wonderful backdrop of mountains behind me. My preference would be the harp though…..I don’t have the right stuff for the ‘wind’ instruments! Picture found at: http://www.roerich.org/collections.html
Tonite I have my ‘beginner’s’ class once again and my intention is to lead them in a sweet, gentle vinyasa to “Awaken the Spine”. Have you noticed how many back aches are out there????
Greetings to all!
I’ve been wanting to begin a blog and it seems like today is the day. The time is 1:38pm on Sunday, February 18 and it’s Chinese New Year…..an auspicious time for beginnings.
I am calling this blog, The Teacher’s Diary and it’s my intention to share with you some of what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) as a yoga teacher. There’s a fine line between being a teacher and a student and more often than not I learn more from my students than they learn from me. More on that in the weeks to come.
For now, it’s enough for me to learn how to set up this blog!
Enjoy & Happy New Year!