Filling up, emptying, stillness. Taking in, letting go, bliss. This powerful breath practice has fostered me through many moments of restlessness and anxiety. This time of year can be difficult for me and when it is time to go to sleep even though, I’m sleepy, my mind starts to race. I turn to this breath practice to calm my mind and relax my nervous system. It is in the pause that I find a moment of absence of thought, freedom from fear, a moment of relief. When the practice is repeated, it culminates into several moments of inner peace and allows me to drift into a deep sleep. In the pause, I can be in the now, in the present moment. Which I know this is the only moment I have, the only moment any of us have. When you lay down to sleep or any time you find your mind racing, I invite you to notice your breath and notice the pause between the exhalation and the inhalation, not a holding of your breath, just a natural pause. Notice the stillness, the peace.
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” Thich Nhat Hanh