“Breathing brings us back into the present moment,” Jay Shetty
Once upon a time, the five senses—touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing—decided to convene for a unique gathering filled with amusement. Their plan was to take turns disabling each sense for approximately 20 minutes, after which they would share their reactions and feelings about the experience.
Coincidentally, the Breath happened to be passing by and expressed a desire to witness this intriguing experiment. The five senses agreed to its presence, and thus, the game commenced.
The first sense to temporarily cease functioning was the sense of smell. After the 20 minutes had elapsed, the other senses, along with the Breath, eagerly recounted their encounters without the sense of smell. Among them, the taste sense seemed particularly displeased, while the hearing sense found the absence less significant. This sequence continued with the sight sense being the next to take a pause. Following this, most of the senses expressed dissatisfaction, with the hearing sense momentarily reveling in newfound importance. Amidst the laughter and mirth shared by the Breath and the senses, the taste sense, smell sense, and touch sense successively underwent their 20-minute hiatus. Their collective enjoyment grew as they laughed at the absence of each sense during its designated period. Eventually, the Breath playfully exclaimed its desire to partake in the experience and witness life without its presence for 20 minutes.
In response, a brief silence enveloped the gathering as each sense exchanged disapproving glances, expressing concerns about the idea. Finally, one of the senses spoke up, expressing their apprehension: “I’m sorry, Breath, the game was entertaining, but we fear that if you were to cease functioning for five minutes, we would all cease to function forever.”
I first heard this tale a couple of years ago from a former monk named Jay Shetty. I found it captivating as it beautifully highlighted the significance of breath in our lives. This anecdote aided me during a transformative phase in my life, guiding me through various meditation and mindfulness practices.
Breathing has become a prevalent topic across the internet, with numerous free apps and even devices like iWatch incorporating it into their systems. An increasing number of individuals are now embracing this practice, with some even capitalizing on its popularity. However, in the grand scheme of things, the majority of the global population remains unaware of or fails to acknowledge its manifold benefits.
Allow me to present a concise list of five such benefits:
- Improved focus
- Stress reduction
- Boosted immune system
- Enhanced vitality
Of course, there are numerous other advantages as well.
While various meditation practices have emerged, each employing diverse techniques, the fundamental process remains simple and natural, as emphasized by renowned meditation coaches such as Jeff Warren and Jay Shetty: Just stop and breathe.
The breath serves as the initial step toward calming your mind, which, in my opinion, is the most crucial aspect of your life. Your mind governs every facet of your existence. By attaining a tranquil state of mind, you can experience improved sleep, enhanced work performance, strengthened relationships, and overall better health. Conversely, with a stressed and cluttered mind, dysfunction, and chaos will inevitably manifest in both your internal and external worlds.
Allocate a portion of your day solely for yourself, to pacify your mind. Engage in activities such as reading, taking walks, or simply setting aside your phone and focusing on your breath. Make this practice a consistent part of your routine. If you require a starting point, explore audiobooks on your preferred device or delve into groundbreaking works like the amazon best seller Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty, “Fear” by Thich Nhat Hanh, or engage in the training and practice outlined in “The Miracle Morning.”
Give it a try