Experience of Life

Usually, we’re caught up in a narrative about ourselves, our lives, our current situation, other people.

We might notice the pure experience, but almost immediately we start judging it, wishing it were different, getting upset at it, or wishing it didn’t have to change.

There’s nothing wrong with having thoughts about our experience — it’s natural.

But it can be the cause of anxiety, fear, unhappiness and frustration.

This Beditation is about dropping into the mindfulness of pure experience as a way to deal with problems, in any moment.

Contemplate this while getting in a comfortable position.

Take the proper time to ensure that your body can fully relax and stay comfortable for any length of time.

We’re going to inhale through the nose, and exhale through the mouth.

Breathe in…..
and Exhale out…..

Breathe in…..
and Exhale out…..

Breathe in…..
and Exhale out…..

Inhale….exhale.
As you exhale, relax.

What are the sensations you’re feeling at this moment?

What are you smelling, tasting, feeling, hearing, seeing?

What colors, textures, qualities of light can you perceive?

What does it feel like where your body makes contact with your clothing, with your bed, with the earth?

This is your pure sensory experience, and it is rare that most of us let ourselves just stay in this place.

Breathe in…..
and Exhale out…..

Breathe in…..
and Exhale out…..

Breathe in…..
and Exhale out…..

This is what meditation is, for the most part — dropping into pure experience.

What you want to do, in meditation, is get better at noticing when you’re lost in a train of thought.

Then, after noticing, simply return the the immediate sensations of your breath and the rest of your current experience.

It’s like waking up from a dream. Meditation is training to wake up more often, and stay awake longer.

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