Inhale, exhale, breath in, breath out, in through the nose, out through the mouth and so it continues.
Breathing doesn't have a beginning or an end, it's like a single wave.
A wave of living and flowing energy that exists in every living being on this planet.
A flowing energy that is infinite, an energy that will be alive until the day you are one with the earth again.
Then you will be breathing on through mother earth.
We are all part of one single large living and breathing cycle.
I remember it like it was yesterday, the scent, the calmness, the sounds and the light. The feeling of being aware of the forest surrounding me. I was sitting on a stone in the middle of the forest, I had been out walking for I don't know how many hours, I had let my legs carry me wherever they wanted me to go.
And somehow I ended up here, sitting on this green mossy stone, just looking and breathing.
I have been practicing yoga for a while now, both different kind of breathing techniques and different asanas. Yoga to me means being aware of yourself, both physically, spiritually and mentally.
But also being aware of what is surrounding us.
I often use the phrase; remember to look beyond the horizon.
When we are stressed we often forget about this and instead we keep our gaze low.
It is very important to be aware of the way how we're actually breathing.
This we also forget very easily. But without breathing nothing exist.
How we are breathing is showing how we are feeling,
and when you learn to listen to your body and mind, following your breath will become easier.
So when I was sitting there on this green, mossy stone in the forest, I started to notice the beauty of the earth, how mesmerizing nature and how important the air is.
I started to inhale slowly and I could almost taste nature.
I was watching everything that was surrounding me, the small bugs, the flowers moving in the light and soft wind. After a while of inhaling and exhaling slowly and calmly with nature, my body and mind finally became one.
To use this simple breathing technique, go outside, find your own peaceful place and start to feel.
What kind of emotions are going on in you body and mind?
How am you feeling right now?
What kind of things do you notice surrounding you?
Try to focus on nature's breath. The flowers, the trees, the grass...the earth is breathing.
Put your hands on the ground so you feel more grounded through the earth.
And now inhale slowly, exhale slowly.
Look beyond the horizon, both outwards to the world and inwards to yourself.
Be thankful for life and what it is giving you.
Hereby I would like to be thankful to my own body and mind and how mesmerizing and wonderful it is when you allow yourself to be one with nature.
Just breathing and feeling, nothing else.
And remember be patient with yourself, nothing in nature blooms all year.
This guest post has been written by Robyn, you can follow her on Instagram here.