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practical application of principle

Every Breath

One of the constants of this lifeway is “now.” Another is “joy.” Yet another is “moment.”

Here’s an example of the mindway and lifeway in practice:

When next you take out the garbage, put your brain (your thoughts) in neutral as you pick up the bag of garbage and begin to go out the door.  The state is similar to when there’s an unexpected but pleasant sound outside and you go out the door not knowing at all what the sound means.  There’s no fear, no anger, no apprehension, no anxiety, no expectation, just an open “wondering about.”  (Later, you’ll lose the “wondering about,” but this is a good place to begin as it’s easiest, simplest to explain, and cleanest.)

Now, having achieved “outside,” just breathe in and breathe out, paying attention only to how it feels to breathe in and breathe out. Attend the details like how it feels for the air to come into and up through your nostrils and how it feels to go out your mouth on exhale. (Breathe in through the nose, out through the mouth, by the way.)

Feel how it feels for the air to travel down your windpipe.

Feel how it feels as it enters your lungs.

Feel how it feels as it exits lungs, windpipe, mouth.

Do it again.

Attend it again.

Feel your eyes relax.  Feel your shoulders relax. This happens automatically as you just focus on the breath. Really.

And it’s nice.

…There.

For a moment, you were in “now-here.”

There was no thought of anything, just attending breath.

Or that’s the idea, anyway.

It might take you a few tries to get out of the mundane pragma, but, when you do, you’ll love that instant.

Later, we can start learning to relish every moment in life just that way–sheer joy in being-doing-isness.