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Rock-a-Bye Baby

When I am so deeply drawn into my breath, I often notice that the breath almost cradles me.  I feel as if I am being  rocked gently back and forth within it’s ebb and flow.  And my mind takes on a secondary experience.   The breath draws me into the present, while my mind takes its little trips to the past and into the future.  It continues to amaze me that the mind can go in and out of its stories, while the breath keeps drawing me into the immediacy of my experience.  Into the here and now of my breath moving into my body, as my rib cage expands and my belly softens.  And the breath exiting, as my structure draws into itself and into the earth.  With each breath, I find a greater sense of foundation and a greater quality of being inward.  As my mind softens, I begin to feel lighter in what is quite a full experience.  And as my limbs go slightly numb, I begin to feel somewhat formless within my very form.

Lately, my meditation has been taking me to this softer place more quickly.  I don’t expect this to always happen, nor for it to happen with any consistency.  But I do look forward to visiting that place where I can play the witness more than the participant;  where my breath becomes my refuge, opening me softly and compassionately to my field of experience.

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  1. wonderful post. i’ve been meditating lately, and the times when i manage to focus only on my breath are often the ones where i feel the most space and lightness.

    July 18, 2011
    • Thanks for reading Mo! Glad you are breaking in that meditation cushion 🙂

      July 18, 2011
  2. Rohan Ghalla #


    Like your comment about “I don’t expect this to always happen, nor for it to happen with any consistency. But I do look forward to visiting that place where I can play the witness more than the participant”

    What form of meditation do you follow? Is this Vipassana in some ways?

    July 18, 2011
    • Hi Rohan,
      I practice mindfulness meditation, also called vipassana or insight meditation. It is essentially cultivating self observation without judgement or criticism and
      through that finding the ability to reside within experience exactly as it is. Thanks for reading this post!

      July 18, 2011
  3. Manju Jhawar #

    “a wonderful post and a wonderful experience”.
    I have been meditating lately almost regularly since u had come.
    It’s a great experience when u reach these unimaginable state.
    Enjoyed reading your awesome experience.
    Waiting for another one to read.

    July 20, 2011
    • Thanks mom 🙂 thank you for reading and sharing your experiences as well!

      July 20, 2011

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