The idea of being open often refers to being able to accept new ideas. In this article, being open to me means being able to accept a new state of consciousness. One of the easiest things you can do has profound effects on the quality of your life; changing where your in-breath lands. We normally breathe into our thoughts, which gives life to what we think, but what would happen if we breathed into silence? When we breathe, our breath determines the level of consciousness that we operate from. This is a habit and it triggers our thought patterns, our behavior, our creativity and the ability to problem-solve. This is considered who we are or our ego.
Breathing into silence has our breath traveling deeper, freeing ourselves from our everyday consciousness and exploring the spiritual world of silence. Our breath floats beyond our thinking and lands in a place we are comfortable with. It is a way of conditioning our mind, so it happens spontaneously without our thinking about it.
I talk about this often in my writings. Here are some benefits I get from the habit of breathing into silence:
- Sometimes I feel a beautiful state of love, for no reason at all. I could be alone, not even meditating, watching TV or having anything trigger it. I feel my heart expand and my breath floats to a depth
- Before sleep; establishing a restful mind
- Unfinished business; for instance, if I had an unpleasant experience that day and I keep thinking about it, breathing into silence frees me
- Clear-minded communications, where I focus on one thing at a time, especially in a loving interaction or with prayers
- Entering silence without unfinished business pulling you back into your mind
- Creativity bubbles up from deep within. When my mind is receptive, I can receive creativity more easily
- Dealing with disruptive thinking habits; ‘I can’t do this.’ ‘I don’t deserve this.’
- Having a hard time remembering something. In the same way that creativity bubbles up and is received by my calm mind, what I want to remember is also received when my mind is calm
- Waiting with nothing to do can make me impatient. With this habit, I feel it is a pleasure to have this time to simply receive
I believe this is one of the most important habits you can develop. I suggest, before you go to sleep at night and before you get out of bed in the morning, you practice breathing into silence for at least several minutes. This is how you can create a habit of breathing this way. By noticing its effect during the day and being pleased with it, you can reinforce it.
If you are interested in this way of thinking, you can check earlier articles and blog entries on this site. I have connected this consciousness to health issues in my books The Positive Self: Change Your Self-Image and You Change Your Life and A Healthy Way to be Sick. In approaching death consciously, I wrote The End: A Creative Approach to Death and A Poetic View of Hospice.