The Reason We Are Breathing Today. ~ Taya Smythe

Via on Nov 11, 2012

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So common and so easy it is to experience internal conflict, yes?

We all know this occurrence: asking ourselves, “Do I do this, or do I do that?” “Do I stay or do I leave?” “Is it their fault or is it mine?”

Duality! The finest illusion! The one that can inhibit us from remembering bliss, love and truth.

These conflicts often stem from fear, yes? We are scared to do this, and scared to do that. We are wary of staying, and wary of leaving. We can see how it is their fault, and we can see how it is ours.

Today the following thought came.

The reason we are breathing today, the reason we’ve been given another 24 hours, is that life is saying to us,

“Okay, here we go…another chance, another shot for you to be alive. To do what I created you to do, which is the following: ask for what you really want, do your happiness, be present. If I wanted you to want something other than what you do, I would have made it that way. Listen. To. Yourself. That is why I gave you another day.”

So instead of struggling with these questions of what to do next, how to react or where to place blame, we wake up in the morning and say, “What do I want to do today?” And we do the first thing that sounds good, and then the second, and then the third…

And we don’t approach this as a selfish asshole, but rather from a place of incredible authenticity. From a place where we are getting to know ourselves instead of functioning through reaction and through fear.

Instead of being selfish, we’re honest.

And from honesty comes room to receive other people. And then…there comes the love, there comes the truth.

It’s the reason we are breathing today…


A practitioner of yoga since the age of 16, Taya Smythe is a writer, photographer, teacher, student and lover who loves practicing yoga on and off the mat. She currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana, working as both a group and private instructor and the manager at Pranayoga School of Health. “I believe that what serves us is in front of us. I believe that we see fear get in the way. I believe bliss happens in embracing this very moment. Every day I am sharing this concept with others and with myself.” For more information about Taya, check out or follow her on Facebook.


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