Have you ever stood outside and allowed yourself to just be in the air?
Do you know what I mean? Standing in the flowing expansiveness and enjoying it?
What Is Prana?
What is prana? Prana also called chi is something that we feel all around us. It is elusive, flowing, and it is our home. Prana is what we take in when we breathe. It is the universal life force.
Prana is not oxygen and it is not air. It exists in oxygen and air but it is not the same thing. It is the natural intelligence that activates the oxygen, that moves with the air.
The Natural Intelligence Of Prana
Prana, the life force, activates the natural intelligence in all things. Every living thing has natural intelligence including each human being.
The intelligence of prana exists whether we recognize it or not. Prana just is, and is always there for us. It is inescapable. It is active even if we decide to ignore it. If we ignore it we harm ourselves and others. When we embrace prana, we allow it to define our lives, because when we live to support our natural intelligence, we are creating our health and well-being. When we live in a way that does not support our natural intelligence we are essentially hastening our death.
Prana is subtle. It moves through our bodies all of the time unless it is blocked. There are any number of reasons for blockages, from poor quality food to difficult emotions, poor mental states and pollution. The opportunity for prana disturbance and imbalances in the body are substantial.
How To Support Our Prana
Prana wants to flow freely. Therefore, the optimal way for prana to move through the body is to clear the body of all the blockages in all parts of the physical system.
In order to clear all blockages we need to detox in every way. One way is through energy medicine which clears the energy centers in the body called meridians and chakras from Eastern medicine. Ayurveda has the term nadis which is similar to meridians. Meridians, nadis and chakras are all energy points in the body that need to be clear for us to be healthy.
Under the Ayurvedic system, all practices are designed to maximize the movement of prana in the body to ensure excellent health and optimum well-being. Because all things have natural intelligence in them, the quality of that intelligence is extremely important. Food can have excellent natural intelligence if it is organic or poor prana if it is processed fast food or junk food. Anything that is polluted in any way detracts from our own life force by harming our own prana, making it difficult to live in our bodies.
You could say that one of our jobs in life is to make a home for prana. To make our natural intelligence welcome we need organic food, pure water, pure air, good health habits, supportive exercise like yoga, healthy constructive relationships and positive purpose. The more we are able to incorporate prana supporting practices into our lives, the more natural health and bliss are ours.
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