The moment we focus on our breath we are energising it – energy follows attention.
Our breath is a direct connection with the Divine – the Yogis call the diaphragm ‘The Spiritual Muscle’ and believe that if we are not engaging it when breathing we are not receiving prana from our breath. Babaji says that our Soul sits within our spine and by focussing our breath into the spinal column we are connecting directly with our soul.
I ask my clients to imagine that they are breathing directly into their spinal column, almost as if the spine were breathing. The inbreath and outbreath create a circle of light in the spine, which gradually becomes a column of light in the centre of the body. We are thus connecting directly with our soul, which Babaji says sits in the centre of the spine. Here is a quotation from The Spinal Breath:
“Your soul sits inside your spine. Enjoy your natural state, your enhanced heart state. Your natural state is love, just as my natural state is love. Through love we speak of the whole Universe, through love we can hear god’s word, through love we grow, ageless towards God.”
Some people have difficulty in quietening the mind, Here is a very simple Zen meditation that with practice does just that. This in turn makes it easier to focus our attention on breathing into the spinal column,
Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight and head inclined slightly forward. Softly close your eyes and just take a few deep breaths, ensuring that the diaphragm is moving. Ideally it will be quiet and slow, but depth and rhythm may vary.
• Breathe in and then count “one” to yourself as you exhale.
• The next time you exhale, count “two,” and so on up to “five.”
• Begin a new cycle, counting “one” on the next exhalation.
Do not count higher than “five,” and count only when you exhale.
You will know your attention has wandered if you find yourself up to “eight,” or higher
Try to do 10 minutes of this form of meditation.
Any spiritual practice that disengages us from the dramas in our lives are beneficial. We are not our thoughts, our dramas our stories – we are so much more than that. It allows us to move past our self-imposed limitations – to be aware of the character we play but not to be defined by it. The great adventure is going within and finding our True Self – the Oneness of All – and bringing this aspect into our lives or as Babaji says ‘our enhanced heart state’.