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'Sati' (Mindfulness) Part Two: a Meditation Experience of Breath Counting

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Dorothy Ratusny
Psychotherapist & Meditation Teacher
In Buddhism, Sati (from Pali: सति; from Sanskrit: स्मृति smṛti) is mindfulness or awareness. It is this spiritual or psychological faculty of indriya meaning: physical strength or ability of the senses, that forms an essential part of Buddhist practice. Sati is the path and the destination of awareness and of 'remembering'; as in to remember presence and attention.  In part two of this three part series, we focus on breath counting.  We use mindfulness to bring presence into this moment as we count an equal number of 'in-breaths' and 'out-breaths'; before gently giving rise to a natural progression of longer and slowed out-breaths, to quiet and calm the body and mind further.  Mindfulness is a practice of pure observation in the absence of judgment. When you are ready, please join me in part three of Sati (Mindfulness)- 'Words of light and love'. Namaste!! xo
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I am here... in this very moment with my breathe. I am here
When we are mindful, we notice life around us more. We are able to use our breath to go deep within and feel Presence. When we feel Presence, we experience an inner calmness. As Dorothy gives us some time to ourselves, we deepen our Sati, or mindfulness by building an awareness on our breath in this part two of the part three series. Sitting quietly with an awareness of my breath, I began to notice the air flowing in and out of my nostrils. As my mindfulness deepened, I noticed my chest and belly rising and falling with each new breath. As my mindfulness deepened even more, I noticed my body relax, my mind still and felt an ever growing Presence within. This is a wonderful meditation to listen to that allows us to deepen our Sati. Because Dorothy gives us little guidance and some time to ourselves during this meditation, I believe it is for more experienced meditators. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
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