It can be quite easy to be consumed by what flows to and through us. We are human, after all. However, once we realize that we are not any one emotion or thought, that we are indeed, more than mind, we are able to recognize what remains: an awareness surrounded by a body that is able to breathe on its own. In this meditation, we focus on our breath to experience where we feel it in our body and then practice letting go of any labels we or others have given us, thus freeing ourself for a time to just be and experience the Being in us.
Emptying my body of breath and taking in a new breath, I noticed my belly rise, like a balloon filling up with air. Taking smooth and steady breaths, I soon realized that I didn’t just feel my breath in my belly. I also felt my breath in my upper back as my upper torso rose, chest rise and the sides of my body expand as well. Lauren calls this 3-D breathing.
Focused on 3-D breathing, I listened to Lauren explain that we are more than mind. To experience this, I began dropping any and all labels that I am, (i.e., daughter, sister, student, teacher, etc.) as well as any sensations I was feeling, (i.e., happy, excited, tired, sore, etc.). Free to just be, I experienced the part of me that is always running in the background, Being. In touch with Being, I felt pure light, I felt pure love. What a beautiful experience!
Sitting for a time and becoming a witness to how our body breaths, we soon realize that there is quite a lot going on. Focused on 3-D breathing, we drop into our body and temporarily forget any labels we or others have placed on us. Soon realizing that we are more than mind, we can see that we are more than any negative thoughts and emotions we may experience. We are even more than any positive thoughts and emotions we may experience. Those thoughts and emotions come and pass through us from time to time. We are human beings. So, I have an idea. Let’s all spend a little less time in our human form and a little more time in our being form so we are free to experience lightness of Being.