I have recently got into breathing exercises and breathing meditation again. Why? Honestly, I have no idea. One day, I woke up and something told me that I had to start that again that day. I had no choice but listen to it and I am glad I did. I was not feeling bad those days but there was some uneasiness in me that I could not understand. My other strategies were not working. Only this worked.
This got me thinking though. Why is breathing so special? Here, I will talk about how I perceive breathing as a spiritual tool. Nothing related to its bodily functions or how it has been discussed in the spiritual literature (because I don’t know much about either).
One major part of my personality is that I am very investigative. I want to know the whys for almost anything. (This is sometimes a good trait to have; but it can easily go wrong). So, obviously, I needed to convince myself by understanding why breathing is important. If I didn’t do that, I was running the risk of not sticking to breathing for more than a few days.
I came to realize that whenever I focus on my breathing and follow my inhales and exhales, I was getting a stronger connection with the universe. In my mind, an inhale is taking the universe in and an exhale is giving yourself to the universe. It is a trade. Universe gives part of itself to you with your inhale and you give part of yourself to the universe with your exhale. The thought of this connection blew my mind. Now, breathing makes more sense to me.
I think I was also thinking at some level that breathing seems to be an unnecessary function (spiritually speaking). I can imagine a world where we did not have to breath but still stayed alive. But as with everything else, I was thinking there must be a reason behind why we have to breathe. I just could not figure out why. I think this connection satisfied me in that way too.
What do you think? Do you agree with me? What other meanings do you find in breathing? Have you thought about it at all? Let’s chat.