My breath is my life force, ever flowing in and out like the tide. It fills me up with light and healing and empties all my spaces of hesitation. I only need to inhale to feel alive and exhale to surrender to the realization that I am one with everything that surrounds me. I am a significant piece that at the same time can be absorbed into the bigger picture that is this universe. It has recently become a huge realization to me that this breath in and out that I take for granted is what keeps me a float. It is what defines me. Without my breath I am nothing but a shell. As I sat for my meditation today I was completely aware and at the same time lost in my breath. That filling up and out, that spontaneous pause at the end of each inhale and exhale, this link between each breath that is the link between me and this world. What a profound feeling to breath out death and breath in rebirth, to start a new with each swell of my chest. My breath controls my anxiety, my fear, my calm, my thoughts. It controls my nervous system and my heart rate. It is literally my life force. I have heard this, read this, but not until today did I truly feel it. This breath is my escape and my grounding all at once. It is everything I need at every moment. If ever I am lost in myself or this world I know I only need to close my eyes and breathe.