Discovering “aliveness” in the breath

November 24, 2007

When we observe the process of breathing, really observe it, even for a moment, a very profound meditation happens. I recently received a newsletter from the Advaita Fellowship (Wayne Liquorman), and am quoting from it below, as it is such a beautiful understanding of the gifts that observing the breath can bring.

“This aliveness we are talking about is worth investigating. It is here, in this moment. It is as close to you as your breath. In fact, your breath IS this Livingness. You do not have to remember to breathe. Your breath is literally breathing you. Stop reading the words on this page for a moment and investigate this phenomenon of breathing….

(If you did not stop, but simply read on to this sentence, I fully understand…you are a lot like me….however there REALLY is something to be seen in the stopping for a moment even if you are an “advanced” student and have examined your breath many times previously.)

Perhaps you were able to see the way in which your breath “just happens.” You breathe even when you forget to breathe. There is a force here that operates independent of your decisions and intentions… It is this Life that is living you even to the extent that you falsely believe yourself to be living IT.”


3 Responses to “Discovering “aliveness” in the breath”

  1. Prajith on December 3rd, 2007 11:00 pm

    You wrote things in simple and pleasant language. As a calm peace loving spiritualist or buddist writes. Good. It will be really helpfull if u add some intructions , contents and some knowledge in the posts..

    (%) Peace …

    Prajith R

  2. Mary on December 4th, 2007 9:50 am

    Hello Prajith,
    Thank you for your kind comments. I do have many pages of instruction and other content about meditation on my website at:

    What I’ll do is link to that on my “About” page as well.

  3. Matthew Spears on January 15th, 2008 12:15 pm

    Simply welcoming anything – from the breath, to others, to emotions, to thoughts – without any desire for change, brings a glimpse of oneness.

    Loving Awareness : A Journey to Wholeness

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