Today I would like to share my favourite mindfulness practice, the art of noticing the breath. If you would like to step into peace right now, all you need to do is this:
Notice what is feels like to breathe, but just for this breath. Close your eyes for a moment and try it…
Ok, now feel what it’s like to breathe this breath and notice what happens.
If you get really intimate with the feeling of this breath, thinking either stops or fades to the background, you move from thinking to experience. You also, in that breath, bring your focus into this instant, which is where experience (also known as life) happens.
Thinking, if you watch it, is all about time – past and future – while peace can only be experienced now.
So the essence of mindfulness is simple; think less, live more. The more attention you invest into life this moment, the less there is for painful, repetitive thinking. This shift leads to an ever deepening sense of peace, which is our natural state when thinking doesn’t obscure it.
So today, all you need to do is breathe and notice, breathe and notice, and watch how that peace starts to show itself in this instant.
Below is a photo of one of my favourite mindfulness teachers engaging in this wonderful practice…