Deep breath in to the tippy top, holding briefly and a strong exhale out the mouth. Allow a sigh. One more time – inhale and exhale. Now, just breathe normally noticing the rush of air coming in and going out. Just noticing. At the beginning of a practice, meditation students are often instructed to silently ask themselves three simple questions.
Now, in your mind, as you breathe ask yourself, ‘who am I?’ breathing in and out, ‘who am I?’ very gently offering the question – breathing in and breathing out. Next question, ‘what do I want?’ And, again breathing in and breathing out, ‘what do I want?’. Ever so easy, ever so natural ask yourself ‘what is my dharma/purpose? What is my purpose/how may I serve?’ And then, let the questions go, breathing in and breathing out. Inhale in the luscious air, savoring it and then exhaling out what no longer serves you.
How easy is that? Very! Now you have launched your practice for the day. Enjoy the peace of natural breath for a few minutes more. Make the best of the rest of your day and watch what comes. ‘Seek (the good stuff) and ye shall find.’ It’s only natural.
We all know the process. Look for and identify your negatives, make amends and then move on. What typically happens though is we forget to move on. Once those self admonitions are pinpointed we tend to bring them up over and over again. They become excuses. We rarely let ourselves off the hook and usually stay in that disconcerting feeling of unworthiness. It is quite common. Even the 12 steps, as well meaning as they are, keeps one in the swirl of self-deprecation. We are well trained into believing that this is life and without the constant recognition of our pitfalls we are doomed to repeat them. Unfortunately, that mind game constipates our thinking and literally makes us sick. It’s time to recognize your worthiness.
Incorporating a good quality source of fiber into our diets really moves things along, doesn’t it. We are relieved and feel much better as we go about our day. When our physical-ness is well nourished life takes on a whole new lilt. We feel free and easy and light and productive and worthy. What usually happens though is we gradually slide back into our old habits. We regress without noticing that our bodies are starting to return to its familiar lethargic pace. It’s only when we struggle to move that we consciously take action and begin the process all over again – back and forth, back and forth.
Meditation is like fiber for our mind. The movement that is mindfulness tends to maintain a wonderful ease and flow that we all appreciate. In meditating for just a few minutes every day we become equipped to recognize when we are returning to the usual grind. Once mindfulness kicks in we never again go back to our old ways without noticing. Life improves, our worthiness and value grows and enhances. The load is lifted and progress comes to us with regularity. Our sense of self continues to brighten and lighten.
Enjoy a balanced diet with mind fiber by adding the simple act of silent, breathing meditation, 5 to 20 minutes a day. The resulting mindfulness flushes out all that stinkin’ thinkin’. It mucks out the stalls and makes room for healthy advancements. We never again feel obligated to bring up all the old stuff. We truly forgive ourselves and let it go. Our bodies respond in kind. Meditate and enjoy your daily dose of mind fiber. It’s only natural.
Feel the conversation… now… same sex and ganja, for instance. Pretty open, easier, right? Feels greatly improved over how it must have felt in the 1950s, when I was born. I and my counterparts have firsthand Flower Power experience, wild-mild rock and roll, a new black and white TV and portable radio with HiFi turntable. Breaker Breaker, the 60s and 70s… really good stuff man. You can’t rub that off. That’s mass Consciousness!
My lineage may even go as deep as the witch hunt. OMG. As recently as the 1750s, we had to teach our daughters to sit quietly and ix-nay the agic-may (or, as we know it today, the coming into our Power). Extreme and dire consequences demanded it. That’s mass Consciousness, too!
Our mothers taught us well. Fortunately, we are like corks and always pop to the top. Sitting quietly and b r e a t h I n g for a few minutes every day; That’s mass Consciousness – Meditating – coming into our Power!
You absolutely cannot fool Mother Nature. Take the first b r e a t h – now, in234 hold234 out234 hold234. The more we b r e a t h e the more we want to b r e a t h e. Indulge yourself – b r e a t h e – now –enhance the mass Consciousness. It’s only natural.