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The Freedom of Simple Presence

September 10, 2009
Breathe Into Being: Awakening to Who You Really Are

Breathe Into Being: Awakening to Who You Really Are

When you check in on your breathing innocently, without any motive or effort to change it, you free yourself, at least momentarily, from your self-image, from those thoughts and reactive emotions that create so many of the problems in your life. As you check in on your breathing again and again you will begin to reside more often in the miraculous freedom of presence, the freedom underlying all the so-called problems and complexities of what you take to be yourself and your life.

Try it now while reading and pondering these words. Check in on your breathing. Simply sense what happens in your body as the breath of life moves through it. As you do so you may notice the arising of impatience and anticipation. Thoughts and emotions may arise saying you need or want to do something differently, see what will be said next, take care of some important issues, and so on. Invariably, no matter what words you use to describe them, these thoughts and emotions will generally be about changing what you are feeling right now, escaping discomfort or boredom, or doing something you believe will improve your life. You may also notice that you don’t always have to believe in your thoughts and emotions; indeed, being present to them frees you from any need to react at all.

Copyright 2009 by Dennis Lewis. Excerpt from Breathe Into Being: Awakening to Who You Really Are (pp. 19-20)

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