Many forms of meditation, including yoga, focus on the importance of breathing. While it is obvious that we must breath to live, there is much power hidden within the simple, often unconscious act, of breathing. One important aspect of breathing is that it always takes place in the present.
Focusing on the past or future can often get us into trouble. Regretting things we’ve done or said in the past makes us feel guilty and sad. Focusing on the “glory days” of our past often causes the present to pale in comparison. Thinking about distressing events that could happen in the future causes anxiety. Believing that the future will be better than now, although it can give us hope in times of need, can cause us to start believing that “the grass is always greener on the other side” – now is not as good as later.
By focusing on the breath, it forces our awareness to be in the present moment. When you do this, you are likely to experience a sense of liberation and relief. When you observe your thoughts to be drifting too frequently to the past or present, use the breath to return your awareness to the present. You’ll be surprised at how powerful this simple technique is – when you use it regularly.