Mindfulness Just a Breath Away2 Comments April 23, 2007 / Posted in Breathe
What we are talking about is very practical. Mindfulness practice is simple and completely feasible. And because we are working with the mind that experiences life directly, just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
A way to calm the mind when it is rushing in many directions is to focus on one’s breath.
“I am breathing in.” I become aware of the breath I am breathing in.
“I am breathing out.” I am aware of my breath as I breathe out.
It’s interesting that while I have only this moment in which to be aware, I find my mind racing from thought to thought; from past to future; from concern to worry; from tasks undone to things to be done. With those thoughts I am no longer in my present moment. My thoughts now control me.
From this moment, from this center, from this breath I can quiet myself. From that quiet space, I can move forward into the next moment. Being present, being in the moment, observing my breath, brings me back to “I am breathing in” as I breathe in; and “I am breathing out” as I breathe out.
For 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening, I am exercising my mind. I am working my mind.
Throughout the day, if I focus on breathe for 30 seconds or 60 seconds. If I focus on my breathe for 4 or 5 cycles of breathing in and breathing out, I can calm my mind. I can become much more aware of what I am doing with intention and attention.