By allowing yourself to be breathed freely and fully, you are saying with your body that you accept life whole‑heartedly, that you embrace the circumstances of your life in this present moment. However, for many people this surrender may not be possible to begin with. Anxiety, fear or traumatic experience may have paralyzed their spirit. This can lead to a distortion in the natural flow of breathing, making it tense, shallow or uneven. In this way the breath truly mirrors the condition of the soul. But there is also a positive aspect to the parallel movements of breath and spirit. By practising awareness and relaxation of the breath, you can over time find healing for your soul and a renewed faith.