In 1994, I fell in love with the work of Thich Nhat Hanh. One little meditation in particular seemed to turn my life around—from being a harried and hurried woman, to one who was more present, more at ease in her world.
This is the passage, culled from Living Buddha, Living Christ:
"Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment.
I know this is a wonderful moment."
His were the first teachings that helped me realize I could "breathe in" a feeling other than the one I was currently experiencing ... allow it to be held gently within me ... allow it to transport me to a more peaceful place. Enough so that I could "breath out" as a new, more well-balanced version of myself.
Would you like to try this for yourself?
Breathe in deeply, evenly, and allow any tension to dissipate. Breathe in this way as long as you need to to feel a sense of greater calm.
Select one virtue of the Spirit you would like to experience right now. Peace? Patience? Love? Kindness? Courage?
Select another virtue you would like to breathe out—to send out in the world for the benefit of all beings.
Keeping in rhythm with your breath, say:
"Breathing in ____________.
Breathing out ___________."
Breathe in and out this way as long as you desire.
Today, I am choosing to breathe in gratitude and breathe out joy.
It feels wonderful. I feel transformed, yet again ...
I'd love to hear what you chose to breathe in and breathe out ...
Have you checked out "Meditate Like a Girl" yet? It's the new online magazine and community I founded, dedicated to "Exploring and celebrating meditation, in all its forms, with Feminine style and verve." It's simply fabulous!
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is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.