When I think of prana, it has a quality to it beyond the breath. This quality reminds me that it has different levels of energy. Some things take my prana, while others actually heighten it to a place of physical awakening.
Do you ever notice how you breathe? Not just in general. In situations when it's the most difficult to stop and pause to notice? Here is a thought; what if we have a pranic field just like there are other fields of energy? What if prana was a physical substance? What if you have a physical reaction by not supplying your brain with a constant moving flow of prana? These thoughts are rooted in the yogic or vedic tradition and have been with us since the upanishads.
Stop and notice your breath when you're feeling something that makes you angry or brings up an emotion that is hard to deal with. Notice what physical reactions are happening in your hands, yes, your hands. Notice your face, your neck, your shoulders. Notice what is happening to your body.
When we don't give ourselves the time to stop and notice, we create wave like patterns in our mind that disrupt our thought patterns. We become restless in our minds and this effects our energy field.
What if we took the time to stop and notice just once in awhile? I think it would allow us to see clearly how our prana effects our everyday life. What if we could extend our life force by controlling or at least having a relationship with our prana?
I'm in practice of this right now. The overwhelming feelings of uncontrolled outcomes have washed over me today. I was carried away on an emotional roller coaster feeling out of control. I reminded myself of prana, the life force.
To what do I want to be in service to?