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Article 2, 123-Breathe! Using Breath As a Focus

"123—Breathe! Using Breath as a Focus," by Melissa Leath

What is your focus?

What is the main focus in your life? Is it finding a job, or keeping the one you've got, just to pay the rent every month? Or is it always searching for that special someone who can make you happy?

Society has evolved a way of believing, that keeps us always limited to the physical plane. Stuart Wilde, noted author of The Winds of Change, among other revolutionary books, tells us of what he terms 'the tribe'. We all belong to a tribe, so to speak-- group of peers that we can relate to in some way or other.

We may be Methodist, Italian, a wood-worker, a member of the Smith family, a woman, and so on. And each group we belong to dictates, to a certain extent, what we will think, what we will wear, where we are to live, how we make a living, and so forth. It will try to keep us in a tidy little box.

Whenever we may have a new, never thought of idea, the 'tribe' will not allow us to follow through with it. It keeps us close to what is known. The tribe is threatened by anything unknown. It keeps everything stable and secure. A thought outside of the box could ruin the whole paradigm of the tribe. The very existence of the tribe would be threatened if things changed too much or too fast.

Being part of the human tribe, keeps us all working very hard just to make a living. Television and printed media have produced marketing techniques through commercials, as well as, through regular programming and news reports that keep our minds directed at purchasing. All we strive for all day long is to purchase that which the tribe has determined necessary.

Driven to succeed

We have now become so driven to succeed in material wealth and external relationships, that we seem to find no time for our spiritual growth.

One way to connect and grow with our spiritual self is through the breath.

The breath is vital to your life. The Creator gave this glorious gift to you on your birth day. Cherish it. Use it to the best of your ability. Fill your lungs with the love and joy of the universe.

Breath is used to relax the body and mind, to take us to a high state of peace, and create experiences in our lives.

Conspirators in the breath of life

It is our God given talent to be able to create our experiences. Whether we know it or not, our mind is constantly creating for us what we think. If we recognize our oneness with God, and the connectedness we have with that God Spirit, we can realize that we, and God are co- creators or 'conspirators' in the breath of life. Conspirators? What an odd choice of words. Let me guide you through a spirit given understanding that I have received.

Genesis 2:7 ‘And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.’

Conspire: a Latin word meaning 'to blow together; harmonizing; to breathe; to make an agreement or act in harmony'.

Knowing this, we realize that we create just the same as God has created. Maybe it's on a smaller scale, because we are only 'infants' in the creation process. (We need much more practice in conscious creation.) Realizing that we are able to create is the first step in visualizing our own reality.

Every time we take a breath, we are creating our world around us. You must look at and appreciate your life experiences, because if you don't, you are just denying your own existence---your own creation!

Every time there is a problem or challenge in life, we have an opportunity to change it. Honestly, it can be as simple as changing your mind.

Although that seems too simplistic, it really is quite powerful. After recognizing the challenge, we have a moment, when we breathe, to change our energy.

Taking time to breathe

Let's say that your spouse comes into the house, after a bad day at work. You managed to get home from your job about five minutes before. Your loved one does not seem so loving, coming into the house with a headache and complaining that dinner isn't ready yet.

What do you do? Your day wasn't any easier. Do you jump in to the moment, arguing your defense? Or do you take a moment to breathe, re-focus your energy and create a better environment?

There is always a chance to change--to make a different choice. By taking a breath, it gives the mind a moment to refresh.

This concept can be used in many other levels in your life. You can create harmony and peaceful vibrations. There could be no limit to the manifestations available. Use it for deepening meditation, increasing intuition, creating healing environments, and with global peace efforts.

The breath can be a key element to society's spiritual evolution, especially if used in groups of like-minded people. This is the tool to new beginnings---a new start in the new millennium.

Melissa Leath is an meditation teacher, personal growth counselor and author. For more information go to her website: *Meditation Warehouse*, or for a downloadable e-book on meditation go to: Meditation Made Easy. For a FREE Spirituality e-Newsletter, click on 123 Spiritual Growth

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