The secret to unburdening the mind and seeing the world anew...it's not easy, but it is simple. With this incredible breathing technique you'll find mindfulness meditation far easier to access.
When ‘The Jesus’, the bowling rival of ‘The Dude’ in the Big Labowski approached with a string of profanity, claiming at their next bowling match ‘we’re gonna f*ck you up’, the Dude, in all his nonchalant dudeness calmly replied, “Ya? Well, that’s just like you’re opinion, man.”
In that moment, Jesus represented that random, if not regular stressor in life. That affront to our sense of control and comfort in the world. The Dude, as enlightened as he is, doesn't stand up and wave a gun around like his cohort Walter a week later. No, The Dude understood that perspective is something altogether different than reality, and its something we have control over.
We need to remind ourselves that, well, that’s just like our opinion, man, and there may be other ways of seeing the world, viewing certain problems, and empathizing with people we care about. The conflict we feel inside of us is just there, inside of us. It isn’t externally generated.
Slowing down in life to notice the details, to taste your food, to listen and see and feel, if even for a few moments, is a way of silencing the ego and therefore transcending your burdens in life. Breathing and being aware of your breath is the age old conduit for that awareness of environment and awareness of self. And while the practice of mindfulness does take time and guidance at first, I have a hack for you.
After letting your pulse calm down a bit, you can sit in a chair or cross legged on the floor (making sure your back is straight and unsupported). Then you’ll breathe as slowly as possible into your lower lungs, invisioning that air and energy within it traveling all the way down to the lower abdomen (not filling the upper chest). Once you have fully inhaled, really fully, you begin a slow, controlled exhale, until the last drop is expunged.
This is dificult at first and may trigger a slight gasping/drowning reflect that will dissipate soon. But you’ll want to focus on releasing tension throughout the body in order to control the breath - relaxing the face, relaxing the shoulders, and making the breaths slow and continuous.
Next post we’ll discuss the secret to living a passion-filled life!