Thinking about Breathing is not the same as Feeling your Breath
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh
Lately, in my own meditation practice, daily life and yoga classes I keep returning to the basic teaching of Feeling my Breath.
Not Thinking about my Breath. Or putting continual conceptual overlays on my Breath. Simply feeling – really feeling – the sensation of each inhale and exhale.
When I notice that my Inner Attention is lost in my chatter, I practice first noting how this happens, how I habitually leave the present moment. And then I practicing bringing my Inner Attention back to the present moment and my Open Awareness through the feeling of each breath.
It’s that simple, yet challenging. I do this countless times through out my day.
When my Chattering Mind comes up with any and all reasons to focus on something else, I just note this as “thinking” and bring my Inner Attention back to the feeling of my breath.
Nothing fancy or too complicated – yet this simple practice continues to bring me back to the openness, aliveness and compassion I seem to be swimming in – again and again and again and again.
I just practice feeling what it feels like to breathe.
I often say in my classes that I can only teach from where I am on the path. So this week, I invite you to join me. When you notice that your Inner Attention is lost in your Chattering Mind, just note this as “thinking” and bring your Inner Attention back to the feeling of your breath.
I’d love to hear what unfolds for you.Tags: awareness, breath, breathe, conscious breathing, mindfulness, presence, yoga