|How to use the meditations
1. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
2. Read through the whole meditation a few times, then put it down.
3. Sit in a position both comfortable and alert.
4. Allow the meditation 10 minutes or so in your imagination. Do not give up before this time; stay with it.
5. Allow another 10 minutes for recording what happened. Allow events to develop as you record.
BREATHE AGAIN. AND AGAIN
This meditation can be done while out and about, as well as quietly at home.
There was once a magician with remarkable powers.
The magician chopped up a man and posted the different bits of him to the four corners of the world.
His great trick, however, was to say the magic word and the body reassembled before his eyes.
We are similarly dispersed around the place; our minds chase constantly like mad monkeys. A part of us is here and a part of us is there.
We sit down in the waiting room and immediately grab for a magazine;
we listen to music on the train and read the paper; we get on the bus and hope for our phone to ring.
Instead of calm water, we are disturbed water; instead of peaceful people, we are upset people; instead of whole people, we are dispersed people.
To magic ourselves together again, is as simple as breathing.
Become aware of your breathing.
Count "one" as you breathe in, and "one" as you breathe out.
Count "two" as you breathe in, and "two" as you breathe out.
Continue with this simple exercise until you reach "ten", and then start again.
If you are distracted along the way, and lose it, then go back to "one" and start again.
Do this for five minutes as you sit, stand or walk; do it again later in the day.
Getting in touch with our breathing is the path from upset and dispersal back to awareness and sanity.
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