Ever since I was a child, I have always been appreciative of the little things in the daily life.
Things like being grateful for being able to see, feeling lucky that I was able to see through classes and not being blind.
A couple of years ago I had to deal with difficult anxiety and therefore I had trouble connecting with my breath. Back then I began being grateful for my breath. Being grateful for every single breath without anxiety, feeling it all the way from my nose, lungs and belly. Even before I started with Yoga I thought that the breath was extraordinaire.
So when I got sick with lung inflammation and flu. I once again felt the importance of the breath, and truly felt that the breath is the life force.
And today I am even more grateful than ever for being able to take deep breaths.
To me the breath is the best indicator of my mental health and it is the best connection between my body and my mind. My body indicates that there is something wrong even before my mind knows it.