Mindfulness Of Breathing

With Jim Reilly‘s great video from yesterday, I think you will enjoy receiving these words of wisdom about mindfulness of breathing from Christina Feldman. Christina Feldman has written articles on some of the best Buddhist magazines for many years. I have been reading everyone I come across from her.

She’s also been leading insight meditation retreats since 1974 in Europe and the U.S. She is a founding teacher of Gaia House in Devon, England, and a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Her latest book is The Buddhist Path to Simplicity. Lately, she’s spent a lot of time the the Seattle Insight Meditation Society.

This breath of mindfulness was sweet to receive as I have been contemplating Joe Reilly’s Song, Breathing, which was the subject of yesterday’s article, Breathing – The Video.

These words of wisdom from Christina Feldman appeared in Tricycle Magazine quite a while ago, and they are totally relevant today.

Tricycle Daily Dharma February 11, 2014

Mindfulness of Breathing

As we begin to practice mindfulness of breathing, we often see ourselves, initially, as the breather, apart and separate from the breath itself. The direction and development of the practice is eventually to bridge this separation until our attention is absorbed fully into the breath. The breath breathes itself, and we experience a place of deep calmness, concentration, and ease. When we breathe, we just breathe.

– Christina Feldman, “Receiving the Breath”

Christina Feldman

If we compare ourselves initially as only the breather and separate from the breath, we may find our selves unable to just listen to the music and dance around the people with enough abandon to actually be fully in the breathing. Combining the music and dance of Joe with the wisdom of switching over until our absorption is fully in the breath, then we may find the breath breathes itself.

How did Christina’s mindfulness of breathing connect with Joe’s Breathing video for you? Please share.

The Buddhist Path to Simplicity: Spiritual Practice in Everyday Life

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