How To Meditate~ February 26th.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Feb 26, 2011
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“Our breath is a fragile piece of thread. But once we learn how to use it, it can become a wondrous tool to help us surmount situations which would otherwise seem hopeless. Our breath is the bridge from our body to our mind, the element which reconciles our body and mind and which makes possible one-ness of body and mind. Breath is aligned to both body and mind and it alone is the tool which can bring them together, illuminating both and bringing both peace and calm…

Keep your back straight. This is very important. The neck and head should be aligned with the spinal column; they should be straight but not stiff or wood-like. Keep your eyes focused a yard or two in front of you. If you can, maintain a half smile.

Now begin to follow your breath and to relax your muscles. Concentrate on keeping your spinal column straight and on following your breath. As for everything else, let it go. Let go of everything.”

~from The Miracle Of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Let the sun see for you,

the earth is your support.

Listen as the leaves attest to life’s unceasing flow.

Die to the false hope of a fixed conceptual world,

And rise anew to Life without limits!

By: Ben Riggs via The Web Of Enlightenment

Lama Surya Das offers more insight…

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About Benjamin Riggs

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.


7 Responses to “How To Meditate~ February 26th.”

  1. Padma Kadag says:

    Ben…I appreciate your mission to share meditation and realization methods. If I may suggest to your readers in regard to meditation instruction teachers. A teacher that has gone a long way on the path and has realization is the best guide. A teacher which can recognize those forms of meditation which are psychological "traps" and really not conducive to gaining realization. Those teachers that can decipher your description of how you are progressing or not and a teacher that can, through meditative qualities, know how you are progressing. This teacher is essential. If relaxation is what you want from meditation then maybe watch TV. Surya Das ???

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