Yum. Another deliciously smooth sip of air.
Breathing – feels good duddn’t it?
‘specially now that you’re aware of it.
Wake Up from Your Walking Daze and Elaborate Drama
Maybe my imagination is a lil overactive, or maybe I just watch too many movies. Both methinks.
But you ever seen a movie scene with somebody passed out and then they get a vapour waved under their nose and boom – they’re instantly awake and alert.
…or ever laid down to rest before doing something, only to fade into dreamland and then snap yourself back awake?
Well that vapour is right under your nose – so to speak – all the time.
And the ability to snap yourself out of dreamland is there too.
But I’m not talking’ ‘bout the dreamland with rainbows, harems, monsters and adventures.
The more subtle dreamland – the one that most people call their lives.
Most people aren’t really alive. They’re not in reality. They’re somewhere else.
It’s like they’re in an elaborate movie. And they’re the star. Not the hero, the star.
Caught up in crazy dramas, all sorts of problems and wildly elaborate plots.
And it feels really real. Like a dream does when you’re dreaming. Walking dream.
But it’s not reality.
It’s a fictional narrative. A movie. Based on a true-story. But only kinda.
..and you can wake up from it – you can wake up from the elaborate drama of ‘what ifs’, struggle, problems and frustration.
And you can wake up to full raw unleashed perfect immersion in life. Real Reality.
Problem-free. No struggle. No frustration.
The situations are still here. But the problems are gone. The elaborate plots are gone.
Pure, non-fictional, undiluted existence.
All it takes is one breath.
The one you’re taking right now.
One Breath at a Time is Acceptable
Sit up straight. Mouth closed. Just be. Be still. Slow it all down.
Finish the breath you’re on. Exhale fully.
Then breathe in. Slow. Long. Smooth. Unforced.
As you begin;
Notice the tingle at the tip of your nose as your breath spreads to the back of your throat.
Become aware of the texture, the taste, the temperature, the colour, the buzz.
Feel the breath dance into your diaphragm as breathes life into the depths of your being.
Blurring the light around you and imagining breathing it in may help, visualising it illuminating it’s path to the core of your chest, the light seeping and spreading into the rest of your being, warming your heart as you continue to breathe.
Focus your awareness on your chest expanding, the energy being kicked up by the first conscious breath you’ve had in way too long.
Feel the aliveness within your chest as the breath tickles your soul.
The movement. The lack of movement. The energy. The space.
Then see if you can sense that same aliveness in your hands, your arms, the top of your head, your lips, your neck, your eyelids…
Feel your being smile.
Notice where the breath is coming from, the infinite expanse all around you.
Notice where the breath is flowing into, the infinite expanse within.
Then blur the two distinctions.
As you exhale you can visualise all the struggle and stuckness and problems and conflict within dissolving, unwrapping, being released and breathed out.
Rinse. Wash. Repeat.
Melt into reality as the breath melts and permeates your being.
Feel the heightened aliveness.
Remix Your Perspective
Once you get a sense of that beyond within, that aliveness pulsing through your body, the tingly warmth of your being, …see if you can fully concentrate on it. Expand it. Zoom in.
Now notice that part of you which is noticing the aliveness. Awareness aware of itself.
Breathing happens. It’s not something you do so much as something you’re aware of and witness.
Much like you are aware of yourself being aware.
Feel your perception dilate and dissolve as you become infinitely more aware of this moment.
The aliveness. You. Life. Awareness. Everything that is going on right now.
Feel yourself blur into the moment. Feel the infinite expanse within. Feel everything slow down and dissolve into this. Life. This. Feel yourself blur into the moment – this moment.
Aware of the aliveness that you are. Melt into reality. Notice the loud depth of this moment. The details. The lack of details. The distinctness. The lack of separation. Feel it all vividly blur together.
Just watching. And breathing.
Problems, frustration, struggle, stuckness – all gets eclipsed and dissolves when you become aware of the aliveness that you really are. Right now, there are no problems. The problems are stories about what’s happening right now. Movies you project in your mind that you mistake for reality. Becoming aware of the aliveness that you are, becoming aware of real reality – is like realising that you’re in the movie theatre and not in the actual movie. And sure, you can carry on watching the movie; it it’s entertaining… but real life is way more fun.
And each breath is an opportunity to wake up from that dream.
No two breaths are the same. Each perfect and fresh and new.
Like each moment.
A new start.
The situations may still be there but how you choose to live them is up to you. Dreamland. Movies played in our head. Fictional narratives. Elaborate plots… it’s all entertaining. And familiar. And an easy way to hide from reality. An easy excuse. An easy isolation in an effort to protect our stories that we’ve invested so much in.
Choose to be caught up in the elaborate fiction, the stories, the problems, the diluted existence.
…or choose to live. Right now. Unleashed. In reality. Immersed in life.
A choice you make with each new breath.
You’re about to make that choice. Not long until you breathe in again.
Which choice are you going to make?
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