Breath to Breath: HITTING THE TARGET

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Joachim Patinir (Flemish, ca. 1484-1520)
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“One place where ideas of gaining typically come in, where people get obsessive about the practice, is in the task of staying with the breathing.
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We take a simple instruction and create a drama of success and failure around it: we’re succeeding when we’re with the breath, failing when we’re not.
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Actually, the whole process is meditation: being with the breathing, drifting away, seeing that we’ve drifted away, gently coming back.
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It is extremely important to come back without blame, without judgment, without a feeling of failure.
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If you have to come back a thousand times in a five-minute period of sitting, just do it.
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It’s not a problem unless you make it into one.
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Each instance of seeing that you’ve been away is, after all, a moment of mindfulness, as well as a seed that increases the likelihood of such moments in the future.
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Best of all is to go beyond the whole mentality of success and failure, to understand that our lives are a series of alternations between various states.”
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on January 1, 2016 at 12:55 am

    This is awesome and right on!

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