Conscious breathing in daily life
“At any time … you can return to this quiet source of life …”
In our daily life, we breathe, but forget that we are breathing. The foundation of all practice of full consciousness is to bring our attention to our inspiration and expiration. This is called full awareness of breathing, or conscious breathing. It is very simple, but the effect can be very large. In our daily life, although our body is in one place, our mind is often in another. Paying attention to our inspiration and expiration returns our mind to our body. And suddenly we are there, totally present in the here and now.
Conscious breathing is like drinking a glass of cold water. As we breathe in, we truly feel the air filling our lungs. We do not need to control our breathing. We feel the breath as it is. It can be long or short, deep or superficial. In the light of our consciousness, the breathing will be done naturally slower and deeper. Conscious breathing is the key to uniting body and mind and bringing the energy of full consciousness to every moment of our life.
Being alive is a miracle, sitting meditation is a way of celebrating life
Sitting meditation is for us a way to return home and give ourselves full attention and care. Every time we sit down, whether in the living room, at the foot of a tree, or on a cushion we can radiate tranquility like the Buddha sitting on an altar. We direct our full attention to what is inside and what surrounds us. We let our mind become spacious and our heart kind and gentle. Only with a few minutes sitting in this way, can we fully restore ourselves. When we sit in peace, breathing and smiling with awareness, we have sovereignty over ourselves.