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Does one really have to fret

About enlightenment?

No matter what road I travel,

I’m going home.

—Shinsho

the journey

 

The Journey Home

Modern life is fast-paced and stressful.

This is why it is important to occasionally pause, relax, and return to our essence by simply being.

When we learn to occasionally stop and just be for a moment, we leave behind the fearful ego.

This is the smaller self, which continually clings to the past and obsesses over the future.

The practice of meditation helps us to let go of discursive thinking, and to open to the present moment.

There is a center of stillness and quietness within. When we pause to listen and be in the moment,  we nurture our ability to let go, and experience a deeper connection to our own inner peace, wisdom, creativity, and love.

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A Simple Breath Meditation

Here is a tool to help you gain inner freedom. Throughout the day—when you feel worried or stressed—try returning to your essential nature by practicing the simple exercise below.

1.  Sit comfortably on your chair or cushion with back straight and eyes open or closed.

2.  Relax and become aware of your breathing.

3.  Focus on the rise and fall of your belly or the in and out of the breath through the nose.

4.  Do not control the breath; just keep it in the foreground of your attention.

5.  When thoughts arise, simply let them go by and return to focusing on your breathing.

6.  As soon as you realize that you are lost in thought, let the thought go and return to your breathing.

7.  The thoughts that arise in meditation are like the waves that rise from the ocean. It is the ocean’s nature to rise.  It is the mind’s nature to think. We cannot stop it, but we can just let our thoughts be and return to the present moment by returning to our breath.

8.  Continue for five minutes.

We always have a choice.  In choosing to take a moment to pause, we learn to live life from our true center.

Or, in the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Each time you … turn your attention to your breathing, for however long, you are returning to your own wholeness.”

With love and blessings,

Cedric

Cedric

 

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