Breathing Meditation

May 16th, 2011

Quiet your mind, relax your body, soften your gaze, and feel your breath. In this moment you are grounded and peaceful, held in the embrace of love that is within, between, and all around you. There is nothing to prove and nothing to fear. You are in a safe space, surrounded by love and support.

Take a few moments to “simply be”. Notice whatever is arising in the moment; thoughts, sensations, memories, and sounds, without trying to do anything about them. Let them come. Let them go, without chasing or judging them.

Now bring your attention to your breath. In your breath, you merge with all of everything; all the way back, all the way around and all the way forward; cosmic alchemy swirling within and around you. You are the liberated energy of star dust carrying all the stuff of life within it; poised for possibility, pregnant with YOU. You are a breathing bundle of evolving energy, the breath of life becoming more alive in each moment. Each cell in your body has its own chorus line of dancing proteins, waltzing between nature and nurture, DNA and environment. Every breath connects you magnificently to the miracle of life. It is breath taking. Your life merges with the life of the universe. Measure your life by how many moments take your breath away with the joy, the privilege, and the beauty of participating in life.

During your life you exchange breath with the universe half a billion times, swapping molecules with your environment like lovers in passionate embrace. In each breath, you welcome trillions of molecules that others have released, and they pass through your lungs, and from there into your cells and blood stream. You in turn release trillions of molecules into the universe. Make it your commitment to fill each breath with healing love and kindness for all who will soon house your breath, and be mindful of the air you breathe. Don’t pollute your body with the poison of toxins, whether chemicals or the bitterness of others.

Your breath reflects the state of your mind. When you slow down, you catch your breath. When you are fearful, you are short of breath. When you are resistant, you hold your breath. When you see a new possibility, it feels like a breath of fresh air. When you are in shock, your breath gets stuck in your throat. Let it all happen. Your breath is wise. It knows you better than you know yourself. It has healing power, if you let it take you from wound to wisdom.

Breathe……in and out, life and more life. What do you notice in your breath? Breath tracks your life experience, from sleep breath to morning coffee breath, and last night’s garlic returning to visit. Breath also tracks your mood. Are you breathing easily or panting with anxiety? Notice the feeling when you laugh, or when you sigh. How does it feel in your nose, in your chest, in your diaphragm? Notice how effortless it is- in and out it flows without fuss. Feel the power of your breath filling your body on the inhale. Feel the relief of breath leaving your body on the exhale, surrender’s sigh. In and out. Holding, filling, expanding, and letting go.

Let your breath guide you. Let thoughts, emotions, and sensations come and go, welcomed, healed and blessed by breath. In and out they flow. Holding, filling, expanding and letting go.

Keep your awareness on your breath as much as possible while all else moves in and out of your mind.  Become aware of the point where your breath does a u-turn from inhalation to exhalation, and back again from exhalation to inhalation. This pause between breaths is your still point. In the middle of activity you have access to this stillness. No matter what is changing around you and within you, no matter how hard it feels, no matter what you are going through and growing through, you have access to inner peace and healing breath.

Let go and let it all out like a rag squeezed dry. Your breath is a healing force in your life and in the world. Namaste.

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  1. Hello, Ian — I just signed up on your list. Just wanted to let you know how much I like your site and much of your content. I especially appreciate your ability to talk about spiritual matters without all the “new age” or Zen jargon.
    I too believe there are millions of folks out here who yearn to better connect with themselves, others and Nature, but who seek a clear, no nonsense articulation of that yearning — as well as some simple guidance on ways to fulfill it. You do that! Keep up the good work!

  2. ian says:

    thanks Jeffrey- nice to meet you on twitter and swap links. I appreciate your site also.
    Have a great day

  3. Thanks Ian. I hope you’ll consider following One Man’s Wonder :~)
    By the way, even the functionality of your site (follow-up, notifications, messaging, etc.) is great!

  4. ian says:

    thanks Jeffrey- we worked hard on the site. Glad to get your feedback. Yes, I already follow One Man’s Wonder and enjoy it.
    Very real and inspiring.

  5. Sorry if I overlooked your following. I didn’t see your name on my list — that’s not to say that it might not be there somewhere I don’t know how to find. Maybe you subscribe, which I guess is different from following? At any rate, thank you so much! I appreciate the support and will do my best to pass the blessing on to others…

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