Six breaths in, six breaths out.... a very basic staying in the moment game/ exercise

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Week One —  Day One: 

Truth

BREATHING IN/ BREATHING OUT



I have made many mistakes in my life.

Some I have learned from.

Some of this learning was (and is) painful.

Some is blissful.


This book is my offering to you, in various attempts to shift into the life I believe we are all meant to live: one of presence, happiness, love and contribution to humanity and the planet.

None of this is to be believed.

All of this is an offering, to be tried.


Why try?

Ah, here’s the rub:

IF SOMETHING ISN’T GOING RIGHT, WE ARE BETTER OFF DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. ANYTHING DIFFERENT.


And another rub: the tragedy of most of our suffering is that we are doing/ doing/ doing and forgetting that we are human BEINGS. So sometimes, even often, the “doing something different” means, doing nothing, or doing almost nothing.

Sitting with a cup of tea or coffee and watching the sky and the birds.

Meditating in a real (vs. trying to “do it right”) way.

Taking a walk in nature.

Sitting in nature.

Going to a window and looking out at nature.


Lots of nature in here, eh?


Awhile back, as the 1990’s veered into the 2000’s, I realized that this was my holy trinity: NOW, NATURE & LOVE.


And now, though I’ve learned tons about the obstacles to love and a few very fine ways to overcome those obstacles, it is almost 2020. And I am almost 75.

This book is my gift to you and to the world.

Take the learnings I’ve gleaned and see what wonders and delight you can create in your life.


And who are you?

One: Anyone wanting to live in the Now, Now.

Two: Anyone wanting more Love, Lust (as mindful and delicious sex connected to love; as well as your heart’s Lust for the Deepest most Meaningful Life possible) and Enlightenment, whatever that is. (Some guesses as we go along)

Three: Anyone willing and maybe even delighted to discover/ rediscover the glory of real learning. Learning in movement and a younger body. Learning in the heart and giving up the usual routes of suffering. Learning in love, and how to be the person we are meant to be when we live from our real heart and not our wounded heart.

Four: Those craving “making a difference” in a world of climate troubles and humanity troubles and our own emotional troubles. How to “shift/ heal/ revolve/ evolve/ transform a rather awful “system” to one of now, nature, love, fairness and abundance for all.


And the relationship possibilities:

Five: Those is a fair/ troubled relationship, wanting a wonderful one.

Six: Those in a great relationship wanting an even more wonderful one.

Seven: Those not in relationship, wanting a wonderful one.


And now, let’s do something to learn.

Something that we can do at any moment to transform our hearts and minds back to reality and truth.


Transformative Game/ Exercise #1:

Hold your breath.

Keep holding as long as you can.

Within this holding see if an awareness sparks in you: I am alive and I need to breathe to stay alive.

Smile.

Breathe.


That’s it.

This is a fundamental truth, and as the saying goes, “the truth will set us free.”

We are alive.

Without breathing we die.


And so, let’s end this chapter with our second game, a game you are free to do once or twice or even more times today.


It’s a very simple “meditation.” That doesn’t need to be done with eyes closed, but can be.


Transformative Game/ Exercise #2

Sit or stand or take a walk in nature, or outside.

As you breathe in notice this and count, One.

As you breathe out, smile, and look around if your eyes are open, or relax your body a bit more if they are closed, and say, Yes.


As you breathe in notice this and count, Two.

Breathing out, same: smile and relax, or smile and notice light, and say, Yes.


As you breathe in notice this and count, Three.

Breathing out, same: smile and relax, or smile and notice light, and say, Yes.


As you breathe in notice this and count, Four.

Breathing out, same: smile and relax, or smile and notice light, and say, Yes.


As you breathe in notice this and count, Five.

Breathing out, same: smile and relax, or smile and notice light, and say, Yes.


As you breathe in notice this and count, Six.

Breathing out, same: smile and relax, or smile and notice light, and say, Yes.


Then start over again at one.


This is an assumption I’ll make that may or may not be true.

The assumption is that to follow our breathing for six breaths is enlightenment.


Continue this counting to six breaths for some amount of time you set a timer to.

Three minutes.

Five minutes.

Twelve minutes.

Thirteen minutes.

Twenty-two minutes.

Thirty-three minutes.


Enjoy whatever length you pick.

Smile extra deeply when you catch yourself having lost the count.


As Einstein said: Show me someone who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has learned nothing.


And what is you are saying, “The hell. Who has five minutes?”

Well, try these two sets of times:

One BETWEEN THINGS.

Carol, my wife whom I met as part of several of the magical tools I’ll be presenting in this book, and I study meditation under an enlightened American Zen teacher of the name Adyashanti. His workshops are fairly large (and amazingly worthwhile) and he tells of his teacher, a woman in her fifties when teaching him, who was raising five children. Her “quiet” time was often walking down the hall between one child’s room and the next.

Two : SLOW DOWN, EXTERNALLY IMPOSED PAUSE TIMES

Like a red light

Like waiting for someone who isn’t ready yet

Or, is late to meet you.


We’ve all got the times of dressing and walking to the car.


We’ve all got time.


So, it’s your present to make a present to yourself of being present to your breath.

One.

Two.

Three.

Four.

Five.

Six.



Enjoy the ongoing now.

Enjoy know the truth: you are alive, breathing in and breathing out.


Enjoy your day.