As I stood at the gas station filling my car with gas a series of questions began to “pop” into my mind. “How full is your tank?” When was the last time you filled it to the brim? Are you one of those marginal feeders? You know, the ones that only put a couple of gallons in the tank at a time instead of “filling it up”. And what do you put in your tank? Regular? Unleaded? Or Super?
I chuckled at my mind’s humorous dribble as I got in my car and drove home. Later that evening the same words popped back into my mind again. This time I didn’t dismiss them as foolish dribble. This time I pondered their significance. Was I filling my tank? Had I become so busy that I had become a marginal feeder? Most of us have been taught to take good care of our cars because they are a very large investment. What about our bodies, our minds and our souls?
I know we live in a very fast-paced world these days, and most of us have far more on our “to do” list then we can ever accomplish. On the other hand, if you could find a way to fill your tank and take better care of your body, mind, and spirit wouldn’t you do it? And what if this caretaking technique didn’t require you to buy anything, go anywhere or ignore your “to do” list. What if this one single thing could also increase your clarity, and your productivity and your connection to your soul? Would you be interested? Of course you would! We all want to be healthy, happy and successful! At the same time we ignore the simplest and most life-changing act we could do each and every day––our breath.
Your breath, when expressed fully, has the ability to silence mental and emotional chatter, revitalize your body and reestablish internal harmony. When your breath is full, your innate intuitive awareness also flourishes. On the other hand, when your breath is shallow (you are a marginal feeder), your body, mind and spirit are deprived of their life sustaining fuel and their health is compromised.
Since your breath can be either voluntary or involuntary, you always have a choice to run on automatic or to approach your life consciously, one breath at a time. When you become unconscious of your breath it can lose its natural rhythm. When this happens, it becomes more difficult to keep your unconscious beliefs and patterns from playing havoc with your life. On the other hand, when you pay attention to your breath and breathe fully, it is easier to move away from old survival patterns and consciously create the life you want.
So the next time you breathe or the next time you are putting gas in your tank, ask yourself, “How full is my tank? Are you going to fill your tank to the brim today? Or are you going to just give it enough to get by?” If your engine lacks the “get-up-and-go” to get you where you want to be, maybe you should change how much you are putting in your tank.
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