‘be the breath’

It has been several months since I wrote about my mindfulness meditation.  I started meditating about a year ago, and I must say it is difficult for me – but I am making progress.  In my post ‘Mindfulness Meditation’, I wrote the following –

The last couple of months in 2014, I practiced on my own with some success.  Earlier this year I found an online 8 week course and decided I would commit to it.  I struggled with the sitting medication due to my mind’s usual scattered thoughts.  It is difficult for me to concentrate on my breathing and calm my mind’s thinking process.  At times my mind is chaotic with thoughts swirling and never ending.  My mind can feel like ‘white noise (Static)’.  Do you remember old TV sets, with a station with no programming, the visual static and noise it made, at times my mind feels similar to this.

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In today’s post, I write the following –

I have made some progress with my meditation.  The thoughts continue to wander at times, but I no longer have the swirling and never ending ‘white noise (Static)’ mind.  I practice my meditation in the early morning and very much look forward to it.  And though my mind at times wanders, I will not give up – I will continue to meditate – I see the benefits.

Let me take you with me on a meditation session – (thoughts in my mind to myself)

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be the breath

inhale – exhale

mind is on other things

be the breath

inhale – exhale

eyes are closed – concentrating on the breath

deep breath

feeling the air entering my lungs, my abdomen, my diaphragm

i count with my breath

in, 1, 2 – out, 1, 2

back and shoulders are hurting

i acknowledge the pain

i go back to the breath

inhale – exhale

be the breath

inhale – exhale

inhale – exhale

my body is leaning some

i make adjustments – adjust my posture

be the breath

my mind wanders

i acknowledge the thoughts

be the breath

inhale – exhale

relax

be the breath

inhale – exhale

my mind wanders again

i am frustrated

tell myself to have patience

i remind myself the benefits of meditation – mindful

be the breath

inhale – exhale

i remind myself, meditation is teaching not to rush and to be in the moment

patience

inhale – exhale

be the breath

deep breath

feeling the air entering my lungs, my abdomen, my diaphragm

be in the moment – be the breath

inhale – exhale

concentrate on the breath

be the breath

i hear external noises – cars in the distance, airplane flying overhead

i acknowledge the noise

go back – be the breath

inhale – exhale

acknowledge disturbances in hearing, thinking, feeling, smelling – acknowledge

go back to breathing – be the breath

inhale – exhale

feeling the air filling the nostrils, entering my lungs, my abdomen, my diaphragm

exhale

be the breath

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I meditate for 20 minutes, with some of that time my mind wandering, thinking, planning – but I remind myself ‘be the breath’.

21 thoughts on “‘be the breath’

  1. And just when might you realize that this hokum is just another name for self-induced hypnosis?? Hahaha.. sorry, rude reply. But it has been a while. I hope you are well.

    trust me, I am Indian.. these things do not resonate with me. All those fabulous LA yogis who came up with this “Om padme hum” nonsense went home with Rolls Royces packed in their baggage. It is time that the world stood up to this nonsense, is all I thought. No offence to you.
    Meditation is in itself a good thing. But don’t make it spiritual. It makes it sound like a brain-washing technique, quite literally.
    But then belief is a powerful thing. If you have no other solution, then believing in something might work. In the end, that is all it is. I know a homoeopath who argues bitterly with me when I say that it is all ‘snake oil therapy’ that I do not have “enough belief or faith”. Really?? So I should now have faith when I am being treated and then all is well?
    Yoga, meditation, reiki, kundalini, transcendental meditation, astral travel, kshira/akshara… all these things may seem too plausible. Trust me, tried all those. But in the end you have to laugh at it all. It is not quite rational. I know this sounds like a strong opinion and that I am trampling over other peoples’ beliefs. But I do think that it is somewhat like you describe it – it is what you make of it 🙂

    I sincerely hope that my re-entry into the blogosphere after a long time does not end up offending too many people here 🙂 Least of all, you, my dear friend.

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  2. Greetings! I do agree with Tejaswi that meditation does not make it spiritual – or I think the point is it may or may not bring us closer to spiritual awakening. Yet, it can – because we can queit the constant mental, monkey chatter we experience.
    We are always spiritual beings – even when we do some terrible things – the subconscious ego has dominated us. The point of meditation is to release the ego so we can align with those qualities of happiness and peace within ourselves. So we can be in this human reality with out domination of the brain-washing we experience of conditioning since childhood!
    Sure we make mistakes, but once we learn to be mindful we can learn from our mistakes and make adjustments in our attitude.
    Meditation is not about belief, esp, or astral travel – that’s not the purpose. It’s about releasing those habitual thought and behavior patterns that have kept us a slave. Belief is one of those things that can enslave us – just look at the world situation!

    I have found that everyone has their own path to travel in life and every path has some light in it. It is our opportunity to find the path that best suited for us to build our own happiness. And, through experience we come to Know rather than believe.
    In the hope You and we all find Love close at hand, Portia SLB

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    • I totally agree with you. My meditation I perform for me, for myself and it helps me unclutter the mind and to live in the moment. My mind wants to rush and be thinking about other things all the time to the point that I lose site of the here and now. With meditation and other tools I am putting into place for me, my mind is calming some, and I am starting to live in the moment. This works for me. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Hope your day is a good one!

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    • Thanks Lynn! It is still at times difficult and frustrating for me. But part of the process of meditation is me learning the be patient with the process and not become frustrated. As a result, I am becoming less frustrated with other aspects of me and life. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

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  3. Grounding oneself helps detoxify our systems. We see the physical body on a daily basis and attempt to maintain health through physical means. We also need to focus on our minds and our emotional hearts to understand the meaning of BALANCE IN LIFE. Your post helps exemplify this point. Well done!

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    • Thank you very much! I cannot speak for everyone else, but my mind at times rushes so fast I lose site of the here and now. I am trying to teach myself, my brain to slow down – do not rush – live in the here and now – enjoy this moment! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Have a great day! 🙂

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  4. Great post Spear and one I can relate to. I did a Mindfullness in May course this year and while it was worthwhile I found it challenging. Being mindful and meditating is not easy. Sitting still, distractions of the mind which never turns off, it’s a challenge. I like to think I’m mindful when I’m doing something that I really love and that I can immerse myself in. My guitar playing for example. Or even writing. When we lose ourselves totally in something we’re absolutely present and in the moment, if that makes sense!

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    • That is good, I am glad to hear that it is helping you. Anything we can find beneficial for ourselves to help ourselves have a calmer life, is always a good thing. Thanks for stopping by today to read and comment. I hope your day is going well for you.

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  5. Hello….just read through all your post….I have troubles with long Interstate drives….boring…I wish there was something to make them a little more exciting…I-5 is so full of trucks and pot holes your busy watching the road and trucks all the time…no time to really let your mind wander….sorry about your father…its hard when one of the parents is to ill or old to travel…its hard to live so far away……meditating is so difficult for me…I can not get my mind to stop…..I heard someone once describe there mind like a hamster on one of the wheels….going non stop….that’s mind….breathing really doesn’t help me….I do better at the ocean or a river where the water noise acts like a trance inducer…..regardless it does help….really happy to be home to focus on the holidays with my kids and then I will let the excitement of getting ready to set up a house in Yuma…sure nice to be home….kat

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  6. I found mindfulness really difficult to begin with and concentrating on my breathing made me really anxious! Due to this I stopped doing it for a while but have started to do it again. I find concentrating on me being in a particular place such as the beach rather than just on my breathing helps.

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    • I will have to try that. I have been meditating for over a year now and continue to have some difficulty. I do see progress, slow progress. Thanks for the comment, I hope your day is a happy one. 🙂

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