Finding Your Purpose Through Breathing

January 8, 2020

How can you use the simple tool of breath to improve your life? Sahara Rose, author and host of the Highest Self Podcast, shares a simple exercise to guide you towards an elevated state

by Sahara Rose

 

Your breath is your life. How you breathe is how you show up in this world. Are you feeling spacious and expansive, or tense and contractive? This is how your purpose, dharma, will show up too.

 

In my book Discover Your Dharma: A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose, I share tools and practices to help you unravel the big question: why you are here.

Discovering your dharma doesn’t come from thinking your way through it. It comes from elevating your vibrational state so you can finally remember it. Your purpose is not outside of you. It’s been within you all along. Just so many of us are too tense, too preoccupied, too busy to let it come through.

Deliberate breathing with guided questions is one of my favorite practices. The reason is first we must allow our bodies to get to an open state to receive, and then ask ourselves the questions our mind is too busy to answer. This allows us to receive them from the soul level. In Discover Your Dharma, I share the following meditation practice.

I invite you to take a seat, with a notebook and pen beside you, close your eyes and notice your breath. Observe its pace. Feel it expand and retract your chest. Feel it flow through your body. Connect with every inhale and exhale. Slowly lengthen the inhale counting to seven, pause at the top and hold for four, and exhale out for seven counts. Repeat this for several minutes, until you can feel your body soften. Inhale for 7, hold for 4, exhale for 7.

Silently say in your mind ‘I’d like to speak to the part of me that knows. Calling in the part of me that knows’. Stay with the breath for several more minutes until you feel open to receive. Once you feel ready, open your eyes and read the sentences below out loud. Write the first thing that comes to mind for each question down in the notebook.

Right now, I wish I was…

The time I feel in my highest joy is…

If I could make anything, it would be…

I find myself constantly telling people about…

I love to help people with…

I’d love to spend a month when I was just…

I fear…

I want to leave this world with more…

I am ready to…

 

Did any of your own answers surprise you? How did that make you feel? Did you draw a lot of blanks? Perhaps the message was loud and clear or perhaps you’ll need to come back to this work again to remember.

Many are surprised by their answers and that is fantastic – you have just reached a new level of awareness that you may not have had for a while longer had you not given yourself a moment to answer these questions.

Others feel like they knew their answers all along, and that’s great too. Some find it challenging to answer these questions, which is also fine – your mind just may not be letting your hear them, but you’ll quickly improve with practice. Keep coming back to these questions as the answers continue to reveal themselves. The more expansive questions you ask, the more expansive of a person you become.

 


About the author:

Sahara Rose has been called ‘a leading voice for the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift’ by Deepak Chopra, who wrote the foreword of her books. She is the best-selling author of Eat Feel Fresh, Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda, A Yogic Path and her latest book, Discover Your Dharma. She also hosts the Highest Self Podcast, the #1 spirituality podcast on iTunes with over 25 million downloads.
Sahara is the founder of Rose Gold Goddesses, the sacred sisterhood collective all about embodying the goddess within. She is a keynote speaker and was featured as the nutrition speaker for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign at Harvard Medical School and in Vogue, Forbes, NBC and more.
Discover Your Dharma: A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose (£12.99, Hay House) is out now.

iamsahararose.com

 


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