Breath and be still
Sit silent in observation
We are not seperate from the process we call life, but are the process
As each drop of water becomes the “ocean” there is no seperation but a whole
It is each drop that creates the movement, life and ebb and flow which we label “Ocean”
All one unto, into and through and through.
Allness, Universe, Oneness, Nothingness, Allah, God, It
It matters not what your mind tries to name it ~ you will never truly separate “IT”
but only seperate yourself into suffering thus becoming the lone “I”
The “I” which you believe yourself to be can profess to the Universe you are different
And try to convince others who suffer from this same affliction to follow
But you will never truly be that separation which your mind suffers deeply and desires
It is when the observer within you is able to see this truth you will feel contentment
And although the process of life will still seek balance through yin and yang, war and peace you will observe the truth
knowing that you as the lone “I” will never intimately know the great body of the vast eternity but only as IT!
- Yin Yang. (hanaspeaks.wordpress.com)
- What do we mean by “Yin Yang” …… (hrexach.wordpress.com)
- Yin and Yang (pathwaytoenlightenment.com)
I have spent a lot of time as of late, silently observing myself free of judgement or expectations and let me tell you it has been a very interesting and enlightening experience. I began practicing yoga and meditation over 17 years ago and during that time have spent many hours during the day practicing breathing exercises in order to perfect my body mind connection. I have spent years controlling my breathing so that I could control my mind and nature and achieve ahimsa or Nirvana. At first it was maybe a few breathing exercises here and there, or I would apply it to my yoga and walking meditations strictly.
With this practice sometimes on and other times off I had found that over the years I was becoming even angrier with each passing moment and that all the pranayama and yoga I did I was coming no closer to nirvana or ahimsa and I certainly was not perfecting anything except more anger!
It was upon the soft non judgemental focus of my breathing that I become the silent observer, able to experience the process of my life unconditionally and mindfully. As I let go of expectations and just observed my nature and behavior, lo and behold I discovered a place where I could sit and not be affected by my emotional mind/body. I soon discovered that if I connected to my breathing without changing or controlling it, but instead just following it as it was: (Shallow, short, irregular, etc…) and simply recognizing it: (“Breathing in, Breathing out”…or…”Breathing in I am breathing rapidly, Breathing out I am breathing shallow”….or…”Breathing in I count 1, Breathing out…Breathing in I count 2, breathing out”…and so on through a 5 count) I was fully present without prejudice or judgement and I felt a warm sense of happiness over take me even when things were indifferent.
Instead of expecting that I will or will not I just sit silently observing the experience, the emotion and the action with no holding myself to an outcome, because honestly human nature has a very awkward sinister side which we must recognize and accept before we are able to release it fully and move on. What I find the most freeing as a silent observer is I that I am not JUST that emotional mind/body experience, but this wonderful balance of yin and yang. The “I” which I beleived before to be me is only human nature which has no permanence and so I can hold onto nothing, not good or bad!
I guess what I wish to say to those who are looking for the answers to divine perfection is, Stop trying to change yourself, stop trying to create a static being based on a fictional character that can not humanly exist until you have first accepted your impermanent nature and your faults. Start by acknowledging your true self with all its weakness and just name it with a mindful awareness that is in sync with your breathing. “Breathing in I am speaking too much, Breathing out I am aware that I am talking too much” So what if you are! Just bringing your awareness to the fact will create room in your heart and mind for loving kindness to grow, not only for yourself, but all sentient beings as they too are just being human!
Of Happiness and Hope
Happiness is a myth we seek,
If Manifested surely irks;
Like river speeding to the plain,
On its arrival slows and murks.
For man is happy only in
His aspirations to the heights
When he attains his goal, he cools
And longs for other distant flights.
If you should meet a happy one
Who is contented with his lot,
Unlike the rest of all mankind,
Pray his Nirvana disturb not.
~The Procession of Gibran~
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I want to thank those of you who took a chance and entered my ring giveaway. I will be announcing a February giveaway for a pair of Madhatter Earrings mid month, so stay tuned. Iam very excited to offer my jewelry for free. All you have to do is enter and let others know about Andrea Durham Designs…
“And in the end our souls shall know no limits and we shall want no more”