What is stopping and breathing? It means to stop the relationships between you and inner (thoughts) and outer (environment/circumstances), to instead direct your pace to the pace of breathing. Each count in four count breathing represents a number and a physical state of you breathing. So stopping and breathing involves you more in the outer than in the meaning of situations or inner ideas. Only stopping and breathing, do you regain your common sense while you focus on what is commonly sensed, your breathing and the background noise around you. To focusing from ideas and sentences, to focusing on the state of equilibrium as your human body; from what catches the eye, to focusing on what satisfies the belly. Slowing down through applying yourself in breathing, directing the flow of breathing, is a precursor to stopping. The mind speeds up, as sparks fly from your ideas to the ideas of the world. It’s easy to preoccupy myself in the excited friction between me and them.
So slowing down is as important as stopping, because it’s the opposite of what the mind does. The mind would rather keep you in constant conflict never getting the point to be able to let go. You find more of what potential you are in slowing down with breathing, than in the mind. Ideas resolve and things fall into place more readily when you’re calm and still, when you are breathing. It’s like you are hidden within the breath, what common sense of you is hiding in breath, while your decision may be to try and figure things out through thinking about it often. That decision is fragile, it can change any moment, you are keeping that decision fixed while you’ve never counted how much it does or doesn’t do for you.
Anyway, slowing down, stopping, using breath to do that, are time tested good directions to go. I shock myself every time I’m in the middle of a week and I’m saturated with things to think about, then the dog plops on my lap and I have to breathe. Then I find out I’ve been rushing. Today has been a review of what stopping and breathing means to me. Because it’s everywhere in the Desteni material (=articles, YouTube, blogs, vlogs) I thought I would define what it means.