Be Aware Of Your Breathing
Be aware of your breathing. Notice the sensation of the breath. Feel the air moving in and out of your body. Notice how the chest and abdomen expand and contract slightly with the in- and outbreath.
One conscious breath is enough to make some space where before there was the uninterrupted succession of one thought after another.
One conscious breath (two or three would be even better), taken many times a day, is an excellent way of bringing space into your life.
Even if you meditated on your breathing for two hours or more, which some people do, one breath is all you ever need to be aware of, indeed ever can be aware of. The rest is memory or anticipation, which is to say, thought.
~ From: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle http://www.eckharttolle.com/
HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN TO BREATHE?
Someone asked Eckhart Tolle if he could recommend one or two courses. His reply, “Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able… Do that for one year, and it will be more powerfully transformative than attending any course.” A New Earth p244
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”
― Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. He also says; “Breath is my anchor.”
PS Breath is also the number 1 nutrient!
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Tolle says that emotion and thoughts (I would say heart-mind for these two are in reality a singleness) are not necessarily ego, but often are.
“They turn into ego only when you identify with them and they take you over completely, that is to say, when they become ‘I’.”
A New Earth pp131-132
love is the recognition of oneness in a world of duality. – Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth