…..we only have a limited time here on earth (and therefore, a limited amount of breaths. A person who lives to 80 takes about 672 million breaths in their lifetime), why not pause now and ask yourself what you want to spend your breaths on. How do you want to live? How do you want to treat yourself and this one, gorgeous, precious life you have? –
Geneen Roth – www.GeneenRoth.com
The much-loved Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh says;
“Our breathing is a stable solid ground that we can take refuge in. Regardless of our internal weather- our thoughts, emotions and perceptions- our breathing is always with us like a faithful friend. Whenever we feel carried away, or sunken in a deep emotion, or scattered in worries and projects, we return to our breathing to collect and anchor our mind.
We feel the flow of air coming in and going out of our nose. We feel how light and natural, how calm and peaceful our breathing functions. At any time, while we are walking, gardening, or typing, we can return to this peaceful source of life.
We may like to recite:
“Breathing in I know that I am breathing in.
Breathing out I know that I am breathing out.”
We do not need to control our breath. Feel the breath as it actually is. It may be long or short, deep or shallow. With our awareness it will naturally become slower and deeper. Conscious breathing is the key to uniting body and mind and bringing the energy of mindfulness into each moment of our life.”
ROGER’S COMMENT: Whether we have a 100 million breaths left or one the purpose is to bring us back to ‘whole-person oneness’ in the now – which is to bring us back to presence, Nirvana, Bliss, Heaven, Ultimate Reality, God.
Our Spirit, our breath: 21 pointings on the journey to realizing our true Self
NB Enjoy 3 breaths * after each line is read.
1 In most languages spirit means breath. With each breath we murmur Yah – wehhhhhh….. Listen to the breath of a sleeping baby.
- 2 Breath is life. The difference between you, or me, alive or dead is the presence or absence of the life-force, or chi.
- 3 We don’t have life we are life – in the form of the human spirit. Life flows through us and flowers in our individuation, our being, & our doing.
- 4 At birth the human spirit is undifferentiated. Almost immediately the process of socialization into modes of being begins.
- 5 Socialization, in addition to physical expression, enables us to form a self, an identity formed out of selfing & ‘me not-me’ boundaries.
- 6 Gradually we learn to read the world & our self with greater sophistication via language & subtler modes such as body-language & intuition.
- 7 At the same time we learn to express our self in three states or modes of being; the Caring the Creative, and the Critical.
- 8 Although home & local community based the three correspond to the Humanities, the Arts and the Sciences.
- 9 They are three forms of truth & knowledge acquisition & expressions; moral, subjective, & objective.
- 10 Over and above the three modes there is the no-self mode, in which we rest as awareness.
- 11 When we return from resting as awareness we re-enter the dual ‘normal’ realm & engagement via the 3 Cs.
- 12 The fourth C then is Contemplation but only at the level of unicity – the state of no-self, transcending our self.
- 13 As we mature in no-self, or no-selfing we bring that resonance to our Caring, Creativity & Criticality.
- 14 Our participation i the dual world becomes imbued with the Spirit of our true Self awareness.
- 15 We are citizens of two realms the contingent dual ‘normal’ world and the nondual transcendent world.
- 16 The three Cs are sub-divisions of the dual realm and the ‘normal’ world.
- 17 But every separate thing in the dual world is enhanced as we realize our true Self as being awareness.
- 18 Another view of the singleness dividing is in this explanation of the singleness behind soul, mind & body;
- ‘Human Reality is the same reality which is given different names, according to the different conditions wherein it becomes manifest. A) Because of its attachment to matter and the phenomenal world, when it governs the physical functions of the body, it is called the human soul. B) When it manifests itself as the thinker, the comprehender, it is called the mind. C.) And when it soars into the atmosphere of God, and travels in the spiritual world, it becomes designated as spirit.’
- 19 Conscious, circular breathing is the primary portal to enable us to step into, and expand consolidation of our true Self; & rest as awareness
- 20 We heal & reduce our ‘me-me-itis’, clearing out our inner rubbish of ‘selfing’ you might say, by conscious, circular breathing as we practice unitive meditation – “moment-to-moment presence that excludes nothing & sticks to nothing”. Joan Tollifson in her ‘Bare-Bones Meditation’.
- 21 God is as available as the breath, the air we breathe. God is breathing us. In our last breath, as in our first, we murmur the name of God – Yah-wehhhhh….. Listen to the breath of a sleeping baby. Yah-wehhhhh….. Yah-wehhhhh…. Yah-wehhhhh…. * * *
EXPLANATION of Yahweh as the ultimate breath-mantra
Yahweh = the ultimate breath-mantra – because it is something we do automatically from birth to death, regardless of our beliefs.
“In Hebrew, all you write are the consonants and what it means to be an educated Jew, is that your eye automatically fills in the appropriate vowels and there are four consonants in the sacred name Yahweh, and he, the rabbi, said, “Did you know that those consonants if correctly pronounced do not allow you to close your lips or use your tongue”.
In fact the reason the name could not be spoken is it could only be breathed, in fact the sacred name Yahweh was an attempt to imitate and replicate the sound of inhalation and exhalation.”
(on the recording Fr Richard Rohr slowly breathes in and out several times with a whispering sound.)
“He did it about 30 times in this crowd of PhDs and I’m not exaggerating. But at the end of it I heard sobbing in the room, that people got it. God is as available as the breath, the air, the wind and the words are the same in many languages.”
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion
or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any
origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.
An Excerpt from the ‘translations’ of Coleman Barks – SOURCE https://allpoetry.com/Only-Breath
Taking inspiration from ;
There is a way of breathing
that’s a shame and a suffocation
and there’s another way of expiring
a love breath,
that lets you open indefinitely.
Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.
MIRIAM LOUISA SIMONS says
“I’ve tried many ways. I spend a lot of time “Seeing-Drawing” … the wonderful meditative practice I learned from Frederick Franck on one of his retreats and also from his classic The Zen of Seeing. I’ve tried just about every form of visual poetry: color, tone, texture. They were all effective to a degree. Frederick Franck used to assert that ‘the inexpressible was the only thing worth expressing’. I took this statement as a koan as I explored ways to express that ineffable quietude.
It wasn’t until my practice distilled down to the essential life-tide of beingness that I approached real stillness, real quietude.
One soft succulent dawn in India I drew my breath.” –
With each in-breath the
thrill of being absent in no-thing.
With every out-breath
Every breath is a chance to be reborn spiritually.
But to be reborn into a new life, you have to die before dying.
~ Shams (allegedly)
If you die in this love your soul will be renewed.
Die, die, don’t fear the death of that which is known.
If you die to the temporal you will become timeless.
Die, die, cut off those chains that hold you prisoner to the world of attachment.
Die, die, die to the deathless and you will be eternal.
Die, die, come out of this cloud.
When you leave the cloud,
you will be the effulgent moon
Die, die, die to the din and noise of mundane concerns.
In the silence of love you will find the spark of life.
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from Richard Rohr’s ‘Hidden Things: Scripture As Spirituality’ as what he says calls for our reflection today.
“God’s eternal mystery cannot be captured or controlled, but only received and spoken as freely as the breath itself–the one single thing we have done since the moment we were born and will one day cease to do in this body! God is as available and accessible as our breath itself and no religion is going to be able to portion that out, control it or say who gets it.
Is not that the very meaning of Jesus’ dramatic breathing on them after the Resurrection (John 20:22)? The Spirit has been definitively promised by Jesus and is as available as the very air of life! You can stop reading this book now, because nothing else I might say will be any better than that.” (p.130)