Life. The life breath is coursing through our bodies with every inhalation and every exhalation. Often breathing is taken for granted; in, out, in, out, pause, pause, in, out, in, out, in, out, pauuuuuusssssse. The rhythm of breathing is like this. If it were in, out, in, out; evenly paced and deep we would find our state of mind to be open, free, and more stable. However, as it were, breathing is quite sporadic, shallow and sometimes non-existent. The life force, chi, prana, energy, is governed by the breath. If breathing is sporadic the channels for this life force become stuck, congested, erratic, or in others unable to flow smoothly. Any number of emotions and physical sensations might cause this disruption in our breathing such as fear, anger, uncertainty, guilt, pain, illness. Any given day arouses a number of emotions that effect our breathing.
The zikr; Hayy, Hayy, Hayy, Hayy, Hayy, Hayy, Hayy, Hayy, Hayy out loud and repeatedly focuses on the exhalation. With every exhale we are letting go. Often that is exactly what we need to do when we are holding on to our emotions for dear life. Don’t we all need a little surrender from our fears, angers, frustrations, and maybe even our joys if they are preventing us from living with Allah fully.
Another zikr; Allah Hu brings balance. Inhale Allah, exhale Hu. It’s a very natural rhythm. I find that incorporating this breath pattern with Classic Yogic Pranayam techniques such as Ujayia very soothing. Tonight at our congregational zikr, Shaykh Kevin lead us through a breathing exercise focusing on the chakra points while breathing in Allah and exhaling Hu. Alhumdullilah for the opening the breath creates. May we always be conscious of Allah with every breath.