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Day 4 of 7: Sitting with the Breath

I love to breathe. Oxygen is sexy! - Kris Carr

What is sitting with the breath?


First, you notice and focus on your breath.


Second, try to invite your breath to expand and soften and maybe even deepen without any intense effort or struggle. Just witness yourself breathing.

Third, as you witness the breath - let go and simply sit with your breath and notice the thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations that are there or that bubble up and dissipate.


Fourth, as you sit with the breath allow all that comes up to be outside of you and your breath. They aren’t you - they are just what you’re experiencing at the moment.


Fifth, if you get entangle with any thought, or start to wince from discomfort, or back off because intense emotion arises - notice and come back to just sitting with the breath. The thoughts are thoughts allow them to float on by. You can deal with them later. Empathize with physical discomfort and simply adjust or send the breath to these areas - it is hard to feel discomfort. Find softness and understanding for the pain. Instead of letting the emotion carry you into a tug of war with justifications to yourself or from others simply allow them to be. It makes sense to feel sad, mad, hurt, disappointed, frustrated, lonely, or what is there for you. Or you wouldn’t be feeling it. Allow the emotion to flow and come back to sitting with your breath.


Sixth, play with bringing this state of awareness to all areas of your life as you finish your tapping meditation and go about your day.


First there is you and your breath and then there is everything else.

Try it in today’s tapping video, “Sitting with the Breath.”

Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body. Thich Nhat Hanh - Kris Carr


What is sitting with the breath?


First, you notice and focus on your breath.

Second, try to invite your breath to expand and soften and maybe even deepen without any intense effort or struggle. Just witness yourself breathing.


Third, as you witness the breath - let go and simply sit with your breath and notice the thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations that are there or that bubble up and dissipate.


Fourth, as you sit with the breath allow all that comes up to be outside of you and your breath. They aren’t you - they are just what you’re experiencing at the moment.


Fifth, if you get entangle with any thought, or start to wince from discomfort, or back off because intense emotion arises - notice and come back to just sitting with the breath. The thoughts are thoughts allow them to float on by. You can deal with them later. Empathize with physical discomfort and simply adjust or send the breath to these areas - it is hard to feel discomfort. Find softness and understanding for the pain. Instead of letting the emotion carry you into a tug of war with justifications to yourself or from others simply allow them to be. It makes sense to feel sad, mad, hurt, disappointed, frustrated, lonely, or what is there for you. Or you wouldn’t be feeling it. Allow the emotion to flow and come back to sitting with your breath.


Sixth, play with bringing this state of awareness to all areas of your life as you finish your tapping meditation and go about your day.


First there is you and your breath and then there is everything else.


Try it in today’s tapping video, “Sitting with the Breath.”

Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body. - Thich Nhat Hanh


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