Life lives in the moment, all that is happening is happening NOW.
Breathing in… breathing out. This is the practice of mindfulness, of being present. This brings happiness. The monkey mind is the monkey mind. Don’t chase the monkey! Let it be what it is. In mediation the awareness should be focused on the breath, it is the breath that is LIFE. When we inhale we are taking life in, when we exhale we are releasing it. It is the practice of receiving and letting go, this creates peace.
Thoughts rise and fall like waves on the ocean. We watch them form, dissipate and form again. The nature of mind is to move, so let it. Relax the mind, and you relax the body. To relax the mind, let the breath be natural. As the breath becomes natural the mind becomes spacious, as the mind becomes spacious the body relaxes. Simple, but not easy. Practice.
In being mindful of the breath we can begin to listen. This listening allows us to hear, to understand more fully our experience. There is nothing to do but be aware of what is happening. In the moment that awareness is present, life becomes vital. This brings joy.
Meditation is more than an activity it is a state of interbeing. Not controlling or trying to manipulate our experience comes as a great relief. Freedom lies in surrendering. This is the paradoxical truth. When we STOP struggling and have compassion for our human selves, love arises.
For you Mr. EarthTree with love…
Written: May 2, 2013