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On my walk through the teachings for 2014, I took time to be fully present with Gurumayi’s selection of words that form the teaching "Breathe." Unexpectedly, these words became deeply meaningful to my focus for sadhana at the moment. It feels as if I opened a present, and the words suddenly became alive and sparkling.

I am grateful to have been guided to select this teaching on my tour through the year 2014. The teachings are timeless. The guidance and grace are there in the present for me to receive.

a Siddha Yogi from Cologne, Germany

I see Gurumayi’s teaching Breathe as a process. 
 
First, the great bounty we receive, the power of grace.
Second, resourcefulness, the power of my self-effort. 
Together, these create energy. I am inspired and energized, infused with shakti
A period of assimilation follows. I honor what I have been given by staying close to it, allowing it to infuse my entire being. 
When I realize what I have received, thankfulness arises.
From thankfulness comes humilty. I experience tenderness and openness in the presence of something greater than myself, and I am willing to learn more.
The result is evolution. I evolve, reach a higher level, and begin again. 

 a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

As I was looking at the beautiful design that accompanied the word breathe, I started to look at each letter, and I realized that contained in the word breathe was the word heart. My breath connects me to my heart. With just one in-breath I enter the heart, and then very naturally with the out-breath, I offer from my heart.
 
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for filling our hearts so abundantly with your love so that we, in turn, can offer that love to the world around us. 

a Siddha Yogi from Windsor, United Kingdom

These days, as a participant in the Pilgrimage to the Heart Retreat in Gurudev Siddha Peeth in India, I am in silence, and breathe is my best and only companion. This gives me strength, courage, good posture, and a fresh start in every moment.

Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Mumbai, India

My son's board exams are near. Seeing that he was not giving his best to his studies made my mind impatient and restless. When I opened the website and saw “Breathe,” it brought my mind to rest and allowed me to breathe. I saw the waves, which washed my mind and made it feel fresh, and then I could breathe even more. The rising sun was like Gurumayi bestowing her grace, as if she had heard my prayers.
 
Now, I am breathing more gently and feeling calm. Thank you, Gurumayiji.

a Siddha Yogi from Chittorgarh, India

As I chanted with Gurumayi and the sangham in Canberra during A Sweet Surprise 2014, I felt that I could hear Gurumayi whisper, "Let your heart breathe." I had the immediate experience of this and it was divine. Total peace and relaxation followed.
 
Since then, I have been following this practice of letting my heart breathe often and I love the experience. It immediately brings me into the present moment.
 
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Canberra, Australia

On the day this teaching was posted, I was having a very stressful day at school—I had a very important test or a presentation in every class. All day long I kept reminding myself to breathe, to take deep breaths. Later, when I came home, I saw this post and I thought, "How did I know?"  
 
The breathing had really helped and by doing this I was able to calm down and regain composure and it prepared me for what I had to do.

a seventeen-year-old Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Yesterday my husband and I were exploring a stretch of isolated oceanfront in rural Hawaii. As we climbed across ridges and folds of dark black lava, our only companion was a whale not far offshore, whose breath was visible as clouds of spray shooting up from the water.
 
We came upon a small pink pool filled with smooth round boulders, connected to the sea by a spiral-shaped chasm, alternately filled and emptied by waves surging through a deep tunnel in the lava. We sat in the pool as the waves flowed in and out. It felt as though the ocean was breathing, cleansing and healing us with each in-breath and out-breath. I aligned my own breathing with the ocean's surge, and found her pace to be that of a long, deep, calm human breath.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for teaching us to turn within and align with the breath of the universe.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I found out this week that I will have to be finding a new job soon. Gurumayi's words, humility, bounty, resourcefulness, energy, evolution, thankfulness, assimilation, and breathe, are the perfect contemplation to help me through this time of transition!

Thank you, Gurumayi, for showing us the path to steadiness and light!

a Siddha Yogi from Oklahoma, USA

I love how the word breathe is at the heart of the image, and how the wave makes a heart around breathe. Gurumayi's teachings and instructions about easy breathing indeed lead me to the Heart, the core of who I truly am.

And how much fun it was to gaze at this particular teaching from Gurumayi and then, by clicking on the arrow to the previous teachings that lead to this one, to realize that they all led to breathe. A complete circle of fun!

Thank you, Gurumayi, for teaching us through words, images—and in every possible way!

a Siddha Yogi from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Two months ago I was swimming in the sea, when suddenly the waves pulled me far from the shore. They were big and strong, they started to roll me up and down, and it was hard for me to breathe.

I called to mind Gurumayi's story about the lions and tigers swimming in the waves with her, from the Message talk, Wake Up to Your Inner Courage and Become Steeped in Divine Contentment. This gave me the peace of mind to let the waves move my body, the strength and determination to continue breathing, and the confidence that someone would help me—which did happen.

Today, when I saw the wave together with the teaching "Breathe" in the image on the website, I could recognize—once again—that I am alive because of my Guru's grace.

Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, because one of your teachings kept me alive.

a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico

When I saw the photo with a soft, pinkish breathe on it, I was taken with its exquisite beauty—the water, the golden sunrise, the little diamonds dancing in the air, the myriad colors—such a glorious, bountiful expression of nature! 

When I decided to meditate on breathe and seek a deeper meaning, my breath instantly became like waves, rising and subsiding, a never-ending, steady rhythm, just like the rise and fall of waves on the ocean. It was very soothing and I knew it would help me, throughout the day, to come back to my breath and be comforted by its continuous rhythm and steadiness.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

When I first looked upon the image this morning, I saw the bounty of the earth and sky and all the elements, with the blue heart formed by the water—so beautiful! I then wrote in my journal about my experience of  breathe and set an intention to keep an awareness of my breath throughout the day.

Now, as I look back at the end of the day, I am so grateful. There were actually several moments when I needed the support of my breath to relax and center myself. I stopped and listened to Gurumayi's voice inwardly saying "Breathe," and I felt how Gurumayi's love and grace were behind the word. I see how focusing on studying, practicing, assimilating, and implementing the teaching "Breathe" was a sadhana in itself today. I intend to bring "Breathe" along tomorrow with the next word of the day.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your grace and support. Thank you, everyone, for your shares. And thank you, website sevites, for your seva.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

This exquisite picture reminded me of a phrase I learned years ago in French: être dans l'oeil de l'ouragan, "to be in the eye of the hurricane." Yes, indeed, whenever I remember breathing, I recall the serene presence of my beloved Guru within me—whatever the circumstances and the agitations might be around me.

a Siddha Yogi from Algiers, Algeria

Gurumayi's generosity is endless! She has given us all of these beautiful and profound words to contemplate. They are surprisingly unique and interesting. I have been thinking about the various connections and relationships between the words.

And today, she gives us the answer with just one word—breathe.

I have been thinking about how my breath instantly connects me to Gurumayi's message for 2014. With each inhale and exhale, I tap into a deep and sacred space in the depths of my being. A space that is rich with bounty, resourcefulness, evolution, assimilation, thankfulness, humility, and energy.

I offer my heartfelt gratitude to Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

What an exquisitely beautiful and powerful image with the word breathe at the center. When I first saw it, it took my breath away!  And then I remembered to breathe, and I smiled, relaxing and taking it all in. 

This image of a powerful and energetic wave with the sunlight streaming through seems to me to be the culmination of all the other teachings. As I scroll through, taking each word into my being as I breathe, they become a part of me. I see each letter of each word contains colors and textures that are in the image—the letters and words are separate and yet a part of the whole. Breathe is what holds everything together and brings everything alive.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Another reminder to breathe—this so alive visual of wave, water, distance, depths, playfulness, possibility, light. I feel Gurumayi’s tender, patient, continuing love as I sit and allow this teaching to penetrate my being and experience the Guru’s healing company within me.

Thank you, dear Gurumayi.  

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

Thank you for the awesome “Breathe” teaching. I instantly breathed deeply, smiled, and soaked in God's spectacular beauty. I love the threefold metaphor!

Which comes first?

Focusing on the heart reveals the light within, seeing which we breathe easier.

Pausing to glimpse the light of the moment instantly connects us to the heart and we breathe freely.

Breathing deeply stills the mind, centers us in the heart, and we experience the light within.

Thank you beloved Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

The word in itself makes me conscious of my breathing, which has a power to center me in the present moment. It is with the breath that the ajapa japa, as we learned in the Shaktipat Intensive, goes on in the space of inner tranquility.

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

This beautiful image and teaching reminded me of something I heard Baba say in Santa Monica in 1981. Someone asked Baba why he liked to sit on his balcony and look at the sea. In his reply, Baba spoke about how a yogi knows how to extract prana from nature—from the sea. This teaching from Baba delighted my heart and mind, and I have experimented with it over the years. When I am in nature or even gazing at a picture of nature, and I breathe consciously, I feel that I am drawing in, with great appreciation and respect, the life-giving prana of nature.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for constantly bringing my focus to this great ecstatic truth through the exquisite images of nature you show us.

a Siddha Yogi from Castlemaine, Australia

After seeing this posting I took a deep breath in and a long breath out and contemplated the beautiful image of the water heart and the sun.

Immediately my attention was drawn inside and my mind became silent. My breath led me to a state of peace and surrender.

I took another deep breath in and long breath out and, as I saw Gurumayi's name on the bottom of the image, gratitude arose from within.

Thank you, Gurumayi. Thank you for your guidance.

a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico

This morning was gray and cold, as if even the air had clenched like a fist, and my own mood seemed gray and cold and tight. As I went through my tasks, I tried to remember the mantra moving inside me with each breath and myself moving inside the protection of the mantra, and soon I felt my posture soften and my heart area open up.

This practice has come to my rescue so many times, but I was still a little chilly when I sat down to look at the website. The warm and colorful picture of water, sun, and air immediately dissolved the lingering gloom and let me breathe free. How perfectly this single image embodies all the powerful teachings that have come before it.

Thanks again and again to Gurumayi and this path. And thanks to all who work to maintain this precious web resource, and who share their own insights.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Upon seeing the word breathe this morning on the website, I immediately recalled how just after my recitation of Shri Guru Gita earlier in the day, I'd counselled myself to relax afterwards, and feel the effects of the chant. Then I took a breath which was sweet and easy, and I sensed my entire being bathed in the benefits of Shri Guru Gita on a cellular level.  What a difference one breath can make!

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this most practical and beneficial of teachings, as it truly galvanizes all of the others!

a Siddha Yogi from Maine, USA

Just seeing this word, this beauty, I am filled with gratitude and relief.  Whatever I have been holding onto is released, and I remember that to breathe is to live and to breathe is to allow Kundalini Shakti do her work unimpeded by my mind. When I breathe, the mantra comes in, carrying the invisible shakti, just as those beautiful ocean waves carry the invisible currents and tides.

I look forward every day now to see what gifts Gurumayi has for us through the Siddha Yoga path website.  How fortunate we are in this global satsang.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

When I wake up in the morning, my first spiritual practice is to visit the Siddha Yoga path website. My heart thirsts for Gurumayi's teachings. This morning, after seeing the teaching, I made a resolve to do the breathing technique of pranayama. With each breath I inhale and exhale, I repeat the chaitanya mantra, the mahamantra. The mantra is assimilated into my being, and I experience inner silence. The rasa of happiness is released through my senses. I feel energetic. The Self, my inner Guru, is the supreme resource. All of this is bounty from Gurumayi. It is the process of evolution toward the supreme Self. My humble heart is soaked in thankfulness, in gratitude. Thank you, Gurumayi, for this life-transforming teaching.

May we all be connected through “Breathe.”

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

This teaching could not have come at a better time for me! This week, there has been lots to balance and juggle in my life.This word with the motion of the wave vibrantly cresting and hugging the sun was just the image and word I needed to see and read. Immediately, my whole being felt wrapped in Gurumayi's grace. A rush of calm (and I use those two words on purpose) overcame me, and I sat for a moment. All it took was a moment—to sit and be with the breath and the wave and the sun to realize that it's all going to be just perfect. Why? Because I have Gurumayi's grace in my life as a constant!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA