Breathing Practice from Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices
by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Hilary Hart
“Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you can pay attention to your breath. Listen to your breath, feel your breath, be aware of your breath. Sensing how the breath infuses the body, you attune to a tenderness and a quietness within life. In today’s over-stimulated world, most of us need access to this refuge that is gentle and rhythmic, simple and alive.
Bring your attention to your breath throughout the day – when you are standing in a grocery line, waiting for a meeting to begin, watching a movie, or on hold with technical support. If you have a meditation practice, you might choose to begin meditation by following your breath as a means of relaxing into your body. At night, lying in bed, you can feel the weight of your body rise and sink gently before you go to sleep.
Notice the state of your body as you breathe. It can happen that as you put your attention on your breath, your breath can quicken and your body can contract because you are suddenly more conscious than you have been, more awake or self-conscious…
See if you can feel your breath reaching beyond the familiar boundaries of yourself. Are you breathing alone or do you sese your breathing joins you to other living things, other realities? Ask yourself: Who or what is breathing?”
Join us for more meditative practice at the next Thrive: Eco Grief and Anxiety Circle. Monday, November 22nd from 6-7pm PST. Find the link in our bio. Questions? Contact Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org
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