In yoga, when you become in some difficult posture, you are usually told to "focus on your breathing." The same is important in strength training, and cardio, for example, while running: the internal struggle of the body and mind is constantly going on - and “focusing on your breathing” becomes a way of interaction between the mind, body and maybe even the spirit.
We usually don’t think about breathing at all, we just breathe without thinking about it. And when suddenly the body finds itself in a difficult position, we strain and really forget to breathe. And this is not only in the literal physiological sense, but also in the soul. When we feel heavy in our souls, how often do we forget to breathe?
When we find ourselves at the difficult stage of our life, we are so absorbed by our problems that we seem to hold our breath.The irony is that everything happens the same way as in yoga or other physical exercises - when we hold our breath, the body (and the mind) becomes even harder. Similarly in life.But what does it mean to forget to breathe in everyday life?
It means forgetting that difficulties are not permanent, but temporary. It means believing you need to endure the pain, not let it go. It means trying to ignore suffering and despair, and not get rid of them. This means do not understand and are not aware of the human realities - their weaknesses, what we can not control our failures - and forget that in those moments you just keep breathing.
You have probably heard that there are even whole breathing techniques, exercises. They really help well during training. And to cope with the mental difficulties we have something even better: a loving family, good friends, good strangers, sincere words, art, music.
All this can be our breathing practices, and when it is difficult, we have to remember them and say to yourself: "Focus on your breathing." Sometimes, all you need to do when you find it difficult is just to keep breathing.