Breathing

 La respiració

 “Our exhalation is the whole universe’s exhalation.
Our inhalation is the whole universe’s inhalation.
In this way, in every moment,
we accomplish the great unlimited work.
Having this attitude means making every misfortune disappear
and creates absolute happiness.”
 

Kodo Sawaki, 1880-196

 

During zazen, a correct breathing is essential. It's peaceful and establishes a slow, powerful and natural rhythm.
The exhalation is long and deep. Masters have often compared it to a cow’s mooing. The inhalation, somewhat shorter, happens naturally. The body is strengthened and the brain reinvigorated, and the circulation of the blood is renewed.

This slow, calm and deep exhalation sweeps away our mental complications.
The mind becomes as clear as a cloudless sky.