Conscious Breathing Is our doorway to presence
Our breathing is a stable solid ground that we can take refuge in. Regardless of our internal weather which is born of our thoughts, emotions and perceptions, our breathing is always with us like a faithful friend.
Whenever we feel carried away, or sunken in a deep emotion, or scattered in worries and projects, we return to our breathing to collect and anchor our mind. We feel the flow of air coming in and going out of our nose. We feel how light and natural, how calm and peaceful our breathing functions. At any time, while we are walking, gardening, or typing, we can return to this peaceful source of life.
Breathing in I know that I am breathing in.
Breathing out I know that I am breathing out.
This small poem (gatha) can be recited to support the mind staying right there with the breath. If your mindfulness is already stable you may not feel a need for the poem. You just keep your awareness focused on the breath... All the way in… and all the way out.
We do not need to control our breath. We can simply ‘feel’ the breath as it actually is. You may become aware that In this moment your breath may be long or short, deep or shallow. This awareness of what the breath actually is in the moment is mindfulness… mindfulness of breathing. It is very easy and transformative… but we need to do it, not just read about it.
Perhaps right now… in this very moment you can taste immediately the power of mindfulness of breathing.
Simply close your eyes gently…
Aware of your breathing…
Follow the breath fully with your awareness...
Please try it for ten… five… or even just three breaths.
With awareness you will see that the breathe will naturally become slower and deeper. Conscious breathing is the key to experiencing body and mind as one, bringing the energy of mindfulness into each moment of our life.