Mindfulness Exercise

The following article is from the Summer, 2011 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

BEGIN WITH A SENSE OF EASE. Release your awareness into the field of tactile sensations throughout the body, remaining mindfully present. Settle your body in its natural state, imbued with relaxation, stillness, and a posture of vigilance. The supine position is profoundly relaxing, and if you are resting in comfort, it will not be difficult to remain still, without moving or fidgeting. If you adopt a psychological stance of vigilance, the supine posture can be very suitable for meditation.

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Embrace the subtle challenge of settling your respiration in its natural rhythm, allowing the breath to flow of its own accord; with no intervention and no notion of correct breathing—long or short, deep or shallow, regular or irregular—just let it be. Breathe effortlessly, as if you were deep asleep, but remain mindfully attentive to the sensations of the breath arising throughout the body.

With your eyes at least partially open, so that visual appearances arise, let your awareness hover motionlessly in the present moment. Having no preference, desire, or aversion, engage mindfully and attend to whatever thoughts and sensory images appear. With your awareness like space, simply be present, without reacting to any appearances. Release any grasping tendencies, allowing your awareness to remain in its own place. Attend to whatever arises in the present moment, without distraction, grasping, or aversion, and sustain an unwavering flow of mindfulness.

adapted from Minding Closely by Alan Wallace

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