Observe your own body. It breathes. You breathe when you are asleep, when you are no longer conscious of your own ideas of self-identity. Who, then, is breathing? The collection of information that you mistakenly think is you is not the protagonist in this drama called the breath. In fact, you are not breathing; breath is naturally happening to you. You can purposely end your own life, but you cannot purposely keep your own life going. The expression, ‘my life’ is actually an oxymoron, a result of ignorance and mistaken assumption. You don’t possess life; life expresses itself through you. Your body is a flower that life let bloom, a phenomenon created by life.
— Ilchi Lee, from The Twelve Enlightenments
I came across this a few weeks ago while Googling yoga and this passage really spoke to me. I printed it out and pinned it on my board-so I could keep it’s message open to me. I am feeling better today after having been struggling through a nasty sinus infection which has basically sidelined me from much of my normal day to day things from cleaning the house, to working out, to…Well, just breathing with ease. Which is exactly what Mr. Lee is referring to. Life happens through our beings. We can take advantage of our bodies when they’re working and doing what they should, but the moment something goes wrong and our flower gets a bit bruised or wilted we suddenly spark up and pay attention.0