Kyoku at the monastery sends out occasional mindfulness exercises. Here’s the latest instalment–
Breathe. That is our mindfulness task for the next 2 weeks. The Buddha taught this meditation often and said that breath meditation couldlead directly to enlightenment. However much we have done this practice, we can go to the next level. Meticulous attention is the means by which we can see through our hallucination about who we are and how reality is. Let our goal be meticulous and continuous attention to this conglomeration of sensations we call breath. In and out - what are we calling in and out? What exactly are the bodily sensations of THIS breath? As we go through the day we can return to this task again and again and notice not only the breath but how such practice effects us. Are we on an in-breath or an out-breath when we remember this task, when we wake up and fall asleep, as we start the car, take a pee, walk through a door, add milk to our coffee? And is there a being that breaths? How do we know? Breathing-in, I rest in the moment and delight in our practice together.
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