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After 20 years...
« on: August 08, 2015, 12:52:24 pm »
I started meditating again. Just this morning I sat and breathed. Just thought I'd join a forum for encouragement.

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Re: After 20 years...
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2015, 07:58:13 am »
Hi Ox and welcome to FreeSangha.

I started meditating again. Just this morning I sat and breathed. Just thought I'd join a forum for encouragement.

Breathing is the easy part... just remember to exhale  :D


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Meditation is the way of remembrance and restoration. A person suffering from amnesia has not ceased to be who he really is, but he needs to regain his memory. The memory block from which we suffer is the condition of the various levels on which we presently function, especially the mind. It is also a matter of the dislocation of our consciousness from its natural center.

Meditation is the process of re-centering our awareness in the principle of pure consciousness which is our essential being. We have lost awareness of our true Self through awareness of external objects, and become habituated–even addicted–to objective consciousness. Rather than disperse our consciousness through objects that draw us outward, away from the center of our being, we can take an object that will have the opposite effect, present it to the mind, and reverse our consciousness. That object is the breath, which is the meeting place of body, mind, and spirit.

The breath and the body are interconnected, as is seen from the fact that the breath is calm when the body is calm, and agitated or labored when the body is agitated or labored. The heavy exhalation made when feeling exhausted and the enthusiastic inhalation made when feeling energized or exhilarated establish the same fact.

The breath and the emotions are interconnected, as is seen from the fact that the breath is calm when the emotions are calm, and agitated and labored when the emotions are agitated or out of control. Our drawing of a quick breath when we are surprised, shocked, or fearful, and the forceful exhalation done when angry or annoyed demonstrate this.

The breath and the mind are interconnected, as is seen from the fact that the breath is calm when the mind is calm, and agitated, irregular, and labored when the mind is agitated or disturbed in any way. Our holding of the breath when attempting intense concentration also shows this.

Breath, which exists on all planes of manifestation, is the connecting link between matter and energy on the one hand and consciousness and mind on the other. By sitting with closed eyes and letting the mind become easefully absorbed in observing and experiencing the movements of the breath we enter into the consciousness from which it arises–the eternal Witness Consciousness.

We start with awareness of the ordinary physical breath, but that awareness, when cultivated correctly, leads us into higher awareness which enables us to perceive the subtle movement behind the breath. Ultimately, we come into contact with the Breather of the breath, our own Spirit-Self.

In many spiritual traditions the same word is used for both breath and spirit, underscoring the esoteric principle that in essence they are the same, though we naturally think of spirit as being the cause of breath(ing). The word used for both breath and spirit is: In Judaism: Ruach. In Eastern Christianity (and ancient Greek religion): Pneuma. In Western Christianity (and ancient Roman religion): Spiritus (which comes from spiro: “I breathe”). In Hinduism and Buddhism: Atma (from the root word at which means “to breathe”), and Prana. Meditation on the breath is meditation on spirit, on consciousness itself.

http://breathmeditation.org/the-breath-of-life-the-practice-of-breath-meditation



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Re: After 20 years...
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2015, 10:35:21 am »
Hello Ox! And welcome! So glad you have joined us.  :hug:
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Re: After 20 years...
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2015, 10:45:28 pm »
Just a suggestion:

Long ago I found myself missing my scheduled meditation periods.  And, when / if I missed them I thought that I had to wait for the next cycle of appointed time to begin again.  Missed many scheduled meditation times that way.

Then I decided to meditate whenever, and wherever I got a break in activities:  standing in grocery lines, standing in bank lines, waiting in fast food lines, sitting in lines of traffic, walking in the woods during my hikes, waiting for doctor's appointments, and etc.  Finding time for meditation has never been a problem since. 

Glad to see you here and looking forward to reading your posts.

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-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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