Every Beat of Your Heart~ January 1st.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Jan 1, 2011
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“You Are Here; you are living; let it be that way— that is mindfulness.

Your heart pulsates and you breathe. All kinds of things are happening in you at once. Let mindfulness work with that, let that be mindfulness. Let every beat of your heart, every breath, be mindfulness itself. You do not have to breathe in a certain way; your breath is an expression of mindfulness. If you approach mindfulness in this way, it becomes very personal and very direct.” ~ from Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian

Here is a video of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche giving basic meditation instruction to a group of students… Enjoy!


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Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


5 Responses to “Every Beat of Your Heart~ January 1st.”

  1. tamingauthor says:

    "So what?" — the point of view Trungpa advocates during meditation — is a wonderful place to begin.

    The phrase is rich with multiple meanings. He uses it as a rhetorical dismissal of concern, a statement of "why be bothered or concerned by the traffic of the mind?" But when the phrase is not being used rhetorically it points to our quest for meaning and/or answers to the question "what is the nature of existence?"

    Ben, how have you been able to maintain a nonplussed "so what?" demeanor while at the same time being pressed, internally and externally, to account for the causes and conditions of existence (perhaps specifically your existence)?

  2. Mary Yamada says:

    How soon will this be closed captioned? Thanks.

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