The simplest reason for the breath's valued position in yoga and life, in general, is the obvious truth that without breath there is no life.
I don't know if you've ever sat and appreciated the fact that you are conscious.
The second mode of consciousness is dreaming. We all know what it is to dream.
When we think of dreamless sleep we think there is no consciousness, something like turning off the lights.
Life seems to be outside us but the most moving elements of life actually exist inside.
The human condition is defined by the back and forth between internalizing and externalizing awareness.
Yoga is a set of exercises designed to teach us how to stop our thought process.
How do we further still the mind, now knowing judgment is a detriment and subtle sensation is the focal point?
Babji looked up, "Will you obey me no matter the instruction?" The yogi agreed. "Then turn around and walk off the ledge."
Life is evidence of magic. What else could this living world be other than magic? Each new moment is a rabbit pulled from a hat.
God is that impenetrable will that effortlessly orders diversity itself to not just live but to live on symbiotically.
We are entwined and bound. But we are different and that is a knowing that matters.
So, let perfect be the everlasting practice of inhuman effort for the lifetime that I have to be human.
Our pain, on any level, is the neon beacon spelling S-A-M-S-A-R-A for our soul to see!