Yoga is full of great discoveries. The first major discovery I clearly recall is the day when deep breathing automatically kicked in. I was in the office on a particularly stressful day where my office mate's anxiety levels were also rising. All of the sudden the stress must have peaked and I realized my body was breathing deeply all by itself. Calm, even breaths, just as we do in practice! The sound and movement of my breath quickly drew my spiraling thoughts into sharp awareness. The moment I acknowledged these thoughts, they dissipated immediately. I was left with a sense of calmness and clarity. I was able to see what needed to happen, devise a plan for it within moments, and successfully execute it.
I now find that deep breathing often kicks in automatically: in moments of stress, in high anxiety environments, when lifting heaving objects or making swift movements, just to name a few. The breath draws our thoughts into focus, into the now, closer to the truth and reality of the moment. With a calm mind we are more aware of our surroundings. We are also then able to witness so much more and often find that life is full of comical moments. Life becomes a little less serious and becomes more entertaining.