Being still takes effort. We are a squirmy and restless people. Even with the latest gadgets and apps that remind us take yoga breaks, make lists and organize our time and resources better, it does not seem to be enough.
Tuning ourselves to our breath requires intention. Anyone who does yoga is keenly aware of how important breathing is to the practice. The breath prayer acknowledges how easy it is to be distracted by what's happening around you, or the thoughts swimming around in your head.