It was once said, “A yogi measures the span of life by the number of breaths, not by the number of years...” ~ Swami Sivananda. Time seems to have an opportune way of letting us know that relationships and circumstances tend to be temporary and at the peak of its chaotic perfection in the moment. But... the Universe has an auspicious way of reminding us that what we are going through, what we are doing, and who we meet along the way is part of plan. I contemplate often on the current state (avastha) of existence, and wonder if everything we say and do is recorded in some cosmic ledger and balanced out with its appropriate counterpart to ensure we are in harmony with the Universe. And the tabulation of every, thought, word, action, habit is measured and vetted throughout the lifetime to allow the vessel to be at its optimal level.
Perhaps, I might be leaning into it just a bit much, because it could also be as simple as, we are here, then we are not. And in choosing to abide to the simplicity of it all, we experience things and attach emotion to those things: joy, grief, love, disappointment, achievement, sadness... Whatever it is we are meant to experience in our existence... we have meaning, each life has a purpose. We do exist, we do analyze, we do feel, and we do act. The conscious acknowledgement and celebration of our existence is a wonderful phenomenon. With every breath that is taken we pay homage to our beings and recognize the innate need to shift energy within the body.
Often, and when I teach, I constantly remind my fellow yogis to “Breath into the space you create.” What this means is finding the breath, acknowledging its importance, and letting it make room to welcome in positivity and clarity. Even if there is just the smallest focus to do so, you will have had a whole-hearted and meaningful breath to carry your intention forward and leave the weight of the world tolerable and light.
The Working Yogini