This sentence caught me hard when I was listening to Jay Shetty’s book, Think Like a Monk.
To set the context, Shetty had just arrived at monk school. He noticed a child monk, no older than 10 years, teaching a group of 5-year-olds.
Here’s how his interaction went:
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“We just taught their first class ever,” he said, then asked me, “What did you learn in your first day of school?”
“I started to learn the alphabet and numbers. What did they learn?”
“The first thing we teach them is how to breathe.”
“Why?” I asked.
“Because the only thing that stays with you from the moment you’re born until the moment you die is your breath. All your friends, your family, the country you live in, all of that can change. The one thing that stays with you is your breath.”
He was being taught an important lesson: to focus on the root of things, not the symptom of the problem.
The first thing we do in every workout at TFW, is do ten belly breaths, it resets your mind and your nervous system.
Take time today to sit and breathe, notice how you feel afterwards.
Practice this daily to reap the benefits.
When we get stressed what changes – our breath.
If you can learn to manage your breath you can navigate anything life throws at you.
Simple to do, simple not to do.