Thursday, November 13, 2008

The meaning of the breath

Traditional cultures identified the breath with the life force that animates all things. For example, the Latin word spiritus(the root of both spirited and spiritual), the Greek word anima(from which we derive the word animated), the Hebrew word ruach, and the Sanskrit word brahman may sound quite different, but they have one thing in common: They all mean both breathand spiritor soul.When you follow your breath with awareness, you’re not only harmonizing your body and mind, which gives you a sense of inner harmony and wholeness, you’re also exploring the living frontier where body, mind, and spirit meet — and attuning yourself to a spiritual dimension of being.

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