Please give your heart to learn, practice, entrust your body and life to the Sangha, practice turning to rely on the Sangha one hundred percent, open your heart to let the Sangha’s energy of practice permeate your body and mind. me.
The other day we learned about the first exercise of the sixteen breath-contemplations, ”Breathing in, aware that I am breathing in. Breathing out, be aware that I am breathing out.” We can also say, “Breathing in, be aware that this is the in-breath. Breathing out, realize this is the out-breath.” We recognize the in-breath as the in-breath and the out-breath as the out-breath. One should not interfere with the breath. Let the breath work naturally. Our practice is to use the light of mindfulness to shine in, continuously observing the in-and-out process of the breath. If we practice according to the instructions, the quality of our breath will improve very quickly. Our breathing will become deeper, more harmonious, and lighter. When mindful breathing becomes deep and peaceful, the body and mind are also peaceful and calm. You don’t have to try at all.
Exercises to help nurture self-love
The second conscious breathing of the sixteen breath contemplations is, ”Breathing in a long breath, I know I am breathing in a long breath. Exhaling a long breath, I know I am breathing out a long breath. Breathing in a short breath, I know I am breathing in a short breath. Breathing out a short breath, I know I am breathing out a short breath.” One should not make the breath lengthen or shorten according to one’s will. Mindfulness energy is nourished during the time of the in-breath and out-breath. We simply recognize and follow the in-breath and out-breath from beginning to end. “Long” or “short” doesn’t matter, what matters is that while breathing, we are fully aware and present throughout the entire length of the in-breath and out-breath. Mindfulness of the breath means being mindful of the whole body of the breath.
In the first two conscious breathing exercises, we find that when we successfully practice allowing the first breath, we also successfully practice allowing the second breath. ”Breathing in, I am aware that this is an in-breath.” We are fully aware of the in-breath. When we are fully aware of the in-breath and out-breath, we are also practicing the second breath. And when the second breathing practice is successful, we are also practicing the first breath. The more we practice, the more we will see the interdependence of the sixteen breath-contemplations. We have to practice how to see the selflessness and interdependence of things, specifically through the sixteen contemplations of the breath. The first breath is made with the second breath. If we successfully practice the first breath, we are also practicing the second breath. If we reverse the second breath to the head, the first breath is no longer the first breath. This is a very mysterious point. One can see the interdependence in all the breaths. This means that when we practice this conscious breathing, we are also doing all the other breathing exercises. That is called the one containing the all.