Updated: Jan 30, 2020
When I was studying the anatomy of breathing, I was delighted to read this: the first breath we take as we enter this world is the deepest, most powerful breath we will ever take. This breath clears the amniotic fluid from our lungs, and introduces us to oxygen. This is when we began our relationship to life.
Yogis call it prana, or life force. Respiration connects us all: we inhale and share oxygen with all living creatures, and as we exhale, we share our life force with the world.
When we focus on our breath in meditation, we are contemplating the soundtrack of our lives. The sound we heard when we started this beautiful adventure, the sound we will hear every step of the journey, and the very last sound, as our precious time here ends.