How Aware Are You of Your Breathing?


Breathing

Deep, Shallow

In & Out

Expand, Contract

Gentle or Harsh

As it goes in giving life, breath is one common thing that all living creatures have regardless of species, gender, color, caste and creed.

Breath is in-discriminatory in nature although it manifests differently in each,  given their circumstance, situation and feelings in any given moment.

Breath – the fundamental necessity that distinguishes between life and death, an involuntary but completely taken granted for, until no more – A vital component which determines if you can move or not, if your existence is guaranteed or not – that vital component that absolutely determines and makes my mark on this planet – is so taken for granted.

You assure myself that because you can breathe now, you can in the next minute as well.  You act as if it is seamless and yet between each breath lies your life’s guarantee, your story can be finished between exhale and inhale.  Flared out lungs may not necessarily contract in and yet you act as though they have come with a promissory note.  Well they did.

The day you were born, your lungs had a time stamped on them, a ‘best before’, or a ‘use by’ date that only the hands that printed on them can see, a shelf life that is predetermined and yet can go off any minute.

Do you need to know the exact date to determine how to live today or is it enough for you to know that there is an expiry date that could be as soon as between next inhale and exhale or as late as a billion or trillion or countless exhales later?

Countless breaths in your mind yet a count has begun with your first exhale the day you were born.

So how are you to live with this awareness?

Every breath in writes a memory only to be etched deeper with every breath out.  A whole of eternity will pass halfway between exhaling at the last breath.

The tiny space between the in and out is where the world is held as memories. There is no good or bad, no right or wrong, just life coming in and going out,  bringing with it stories that create memories.

When you penetrate into the space between the two breaths, you accept that pain and pleasure are inseparable, you cannot have one without the other.  In that acceptance life flows.  That is the truth about your need to tell our story unfolding today in its struggles and triumphs.

In Out, Expand, Contract – you need to focus only on expansion.  An expansion painted on the waves of life only guaranteed until the next gushing in tide which may or may not arrive.

So how do you treat your breath? Do you take it for granted or are you consciously aware of each in and out?

It is difficult to be in that constant awareness, but a few minutes spent in silence every couple of hours during the waking time, just becoming aware of the breath and being thankful for it, brings things back into perspective.

What practice can you establish to become aware of your breath and give thanks to its presence?

Do tell me……….

Until next time

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari

Is HOPE Whispering In Your Ears?


My favourite spot of reflection

Hope whispers in my ear that I needn’t worry about kids, family, money, health, future and even world.  “Don’t Worry..” she says, “I am here alive in your heart and carry you through your worries.  ‘Forgetting’ is the magic dust I sprinkle on you. As you sweetly slip in to your dreamworld, I whisper gently and promise that I will hold your hands through the night and fill your world with dreams that help you wake up fresh and bright eyed.”

As life started closing in with all its worries, I was not convinced of these gentle whispers of Hope and needed more assurances from her.

Hope did not give up and continued to whisper in my ear that

  • She is here to make the world a better place by inspiring people to have visions that will not shatter with their current realities,
  • She is the bedrock of all visions and
  • She is an angel from God installed in every human heart no matter how flickering she might be in there.

Hope told me to tell you

  • To not give up,
  • To hold on as all pain comes to an end,
  • That Hope cannot be kicked out so easily
  • That she will linger as long as you dream even faintly against your reality.

Hope is the sun shining even when clouds are covering it up.  She asks us to remember that just as we feel a guarantee that there will be sunshine after heavy rains, there will be Hope even as despair tries to cover us up.  All she needs is half an acknowledgment from us and she is ready to run with us, leading us.

This is what Hope told me today.

She says that she is the next breath of fresh air that enters you – all you need to do is to pause, remember and inhale her deeply and she will light that lamp in your heart.

So, please lend her your ear and she will fill you with most divine melodies that you ever heard.

As Poet Lisel Mueller says –

Hope

It hovers in dark corners

before the lights are turned on,

it shakes sleep from its eyes

and drops from mushroom gills,

it explodes in the starry heads

of dandelions turned sages,

it sticks to the wings of green angels

that sail from the tops of maples.

It sprouts in each occluded eye

of the many-eyed potato,

it lives in each earthworm segment

surviving cruelty,

it is the motion that runs

from the eyes to the tail of a dog,

it is the mouth that inflates the lungs

of the child that has just been born.”

Will you allow Hope to whisper in your ear? What is she saying? Can you hear her?

Remember,

Hope is the Oxygen in the next breath you take

Fill your lungs with it – you won’t regret. 

Pause…..Relax….Breathe….deeply and fully. 

Do not let despair take over and constrict your lungs.

Fill them with Hope.

Inhale ‘Hope’ the Life Saver.

Until next time

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari

Inhale ‘Hope’ the Life Saver.

Until next time

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari

Are You Aware Of Your Breath?


Grotto in an iceberg, photographed during the ...

Deep, Shallow

In & Out

Expand, Contract

Gentle or Harsh

As it goes in giving life, breath is one common thing that all creatures living have regardless of species, gender, color, caste and creed.  Breath is indiscriminatory in nature although it manifests differently in each,  given their circumstance, situation and feelings in any given moment.  The fundamental necessity that distinguishes between life and death, an involuntary but completely taken granted for, until no more – A vital component which determines if I can move or not, if my existence is guaranteed or not – that vital component that absolutely determines and makes my mark on this planet – is so taken for granted.

I assure myself that because I can breathe now, I can in the next minute as well.  I act as if it is seamless and yet between each breath lies my life’s guarantee, between exhale and inhale can my story be finished.  Flared out lungs may not necessarily contract in and yet I act as though they have come with a promissory note.  Well they did.

The day I was born, my lungs had a time stamped on them, a ‘best before’ date written on them, a ‘use by date’ that only the hands that printed on them can see, a shelf life that is predetermined and yet can go off any minute.

Do I need to know the exact date to determine how I am to live today or is it enough for me to know that there is an expirty date that could be as soon as between next inhale and exhale or as late as a billion or trillion or countless exhales later? Countless in my mind yet a count has begun with my first exhale the day I was born.

So how am I to live?

Every breath in writes a memory only to be etched deeper with every breath out.  At the last breath halfway between exhaling a whole of eternity will pass.  The tiny space between the in and out is where the world is held as memories. There is no good or bad, no right or wrong, just life coming in and going out,  bringing with it stories that create memories.

A truth about our need to tell our story unfolding today in its struggles and triumphs is –  when we penetrate into the space between the two breaths, we accept that pain and pleasure are inseparable, we cannot have one without the other.  In that acceptance life flows.

In Out, Expand, Contract – we  need to focus only on expansion.  An expansion painted on the waves of life only guaranteed until the next gushing in tide which may or may not arrive.

So how do you treat your breath? Do you take it for granted or are you consciously aware of each in and out?

It is difficult to be in that constant awareness, but a few minutes spent in silence every couple of hours during the waking time, just becoming aware of the breath and being thankful for it, brings things back into perspective.

What practice can you establish to become aware of your breath and give thanks to its presence?

Do tell me……….

Until next time

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari

**Sacred**


Sacred Geometry

There is no mundane, there is no ordinary;

There is only Sacred Extraordinary.

Sacred Living, Beautiful People;

Sacred Moments, Loving Interactions;

Sacred Breath, Broad Smiles;

Sacred Actions, Pure Heart.

Change

Selfish Careless Actions Raging with Envy and Deceit (SCARED)

into

Selfless Actions with Compassion, Respect, Empathy and Determination (SACRED)

Rearranging attitudes can be as simple as rearranging the letters and it is possible when we recognise that we may be different outwardly,  but we all are one at the core.

When ‘Life’ is a continuous flow of ‘ Unconditional Love’ for living the ordinary – ‘Scared’ transforms to “SACRED”.

Try to be compassionate

Determine to be empathetic even when justifiable judgments are piling fast at the tip of your tongue.

Respect people for who they are – not for what they do or don’t do

Be selfless – it is difficult but worth it.

Hope you sanctify your lives every moment by turning ordinary into extraordinary

Until next time

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari