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Meditation, Breath, and Awareness



The breath comes and goes.

Looking at the breath.


Beyond the Self watching the breath

The whole universe that hugs all things.


A Carefree smile rises to the surface,

as I remember that the momentary universe pervaded cozily in my little physical body.




What is the fastest and easiest way to the ultimate truth and knowledge?


Right now, here

It's your own life.

It's an experience of being who you are.





Our lives are...


Bring a beautiful flower and put it in a vase. When a part of nature enters your room, you adore her. She became the special flower only for you. But the sparkle that showed off life is a moment, and she soon withers away. The withered petals return to the earth and reunite with nature. But as time goes by, she will come out again one day in a different form.





On a leisurely afternoon, there is a person sitting in the middle of a peaceful park. There is warm sunshine and a slight tickling breeze, a flag waving in the wind, the joyous song of birds, the laughter of parents and children on picnics, the salty smell of soft waves, and the dance of trees and flowers... that's beautiful. but they don't reach this person who's sitting in the middle of everything.


This person is grieving for the past that has already passed and is deeply immersed in anger toward those who have hurt him. His entire body trembles and his heart cries as if it were felling into lava. He's torturing himself and missing what has gone. He swims in the ocean of despair and his world is collapsing under the weight of his tears.


Meanwhile, one boy falls in front of him. The boy's soft drink splashes on his trousers and he can't bear it. He shouts with anger out at the boy, who broke his agony. Suddenly something hits him very hard. The shock was so sudden that he completely forgot how furious he was, what made him so mad, and what he was doing. In fact, someone's football smashed into his head in that moment.


He suddenly realizes the moment when all thoughts, emotions, memories, and fantasies are cut off by force. Now he can look back at himself - what was I doing? He walks out of the misery he had never been able to put down on the side. He feels as light as a new feather as if he woke up from an old nightmare. He simply comes out of illusion. He can see himself spending his free time in a peaceful park. Who would have bothered him so much? It's himself. He invited all the pain to himself. It is he who lived in a dramatic illusion without letting go of the pain. He was living in the drama of a non-existing world.


For those suffering, the beautiful afternoon scenery is an invisible, untouchable, non-existent world. Even if they have eyes, they can't see them, and even if they have ears, they can't listen to the songs of life. Even if they have hands, feet, and bodies, they can't move by their will. Their lives are all about just hanging desperately to their misery and sustaining their illusional fantasy. They are like frozen icicles under the eaves. Then, when a strong wind blows suddenly, they fall helplessly, break, and end their forms of life.




It's a story for all of us.


All of us who are reading this article are breathing. Breathing is life and memory. Breath is the compass and indicator of the universe that we all have, a free language beyond human limits, and a book of wisdom over the segments of time and space. The soul begins with breathing.


Breath is always everywhere, making it a kind guide to our spiritual journey. In Vipassana Meditation, we are with breath and we make ourselves purely light. Every moment we leave our fantasies and nightmares, it is awareness.


Imagine, now the guy at the park is asked to be aware of his breath. Just like he could escape all his suffering from the shock of the moment when the ball hits his head, he will use his breath as an indicator and focus to control his mind. When he practices persistently. he will be able to come out of deep mind-made nightmares easier.


It makes him realize that he is not a lethargic agony, but a piece of beautiful life. He will cultivate the power of self-control in both body and mind. Nothing can shake him, - any memories, emotions, thoughts, senses, and desires, even a strong storm, - He will maintain balance and calmness like a mountain.


Breathe in, Breathe out.

And then there's "you", looking at breathing.


Let all the anguish that shakes you back and forth, pass just like inhale and exhale.


And "you" stay between the flows of breath.


You will find an existing move that exists beyond the sense of the self. When all the big and small arguments demolish, you will remember the breath of existence, beyond the breath of the physical body.


You, who is watching your breath, the sense of "you", will converge, it becomes the whole universe that hugs all. When you remember that the momentary universe pervaded cozily in your little physical body, you finally smile carefreely. You will see the smile of the universe everywhere in your eyes and feet touch.


Let it go. Do not be attached, or obsessed. Let's breathe in and out. Say goodbye to all the painful memories, complicated thoughts, heavy feelings, and fragmented pieces that are not digested. You shall not be shaken.


Everything is all one. Just as the incoming breath(inhalation) and the outgoing breath(exhalation) are one breath. Understand that you and others are one, not different nor separated. See that the past, the present, and the future are one and that all the trivialities of right and wrong are one.


Basic Meditation

Be comfortable. Both sitting and lying positions are okay.

If your knees feel uncomfortable, you can sit on a chair.

Feel the balance of your body - front, back, left, and right.


Align the body centerline that is coming from the center of the top head to the bottom of the body. We are a line that connects the sky and the earth. Body balance will be naturally aligned according to breathing during meditation. Allow it to happen.


Close your eyes softly and watch your breath.

Watches both the incoming and outgoing breaths and the inside and outside of your body, that breaths pass through.


When there's a ripple inside of you, that makes you distracted from observation of breathing and weakens your concentration. Leave it all alone. Ripples can be anything - any memory, thoughts, feelings, senses, desires, and so on.


No matter what shakes you, you keep continuing observation of your breath.


We don't try to block the breath that comes to us.

We also don't try to catch the breath that leaves us.

Observe your breath,

you will experience emptiness (空, the absence of all existence).


Look at the number 0.

It is like an open window.

Just as the wind naturally blows in a wide field, when you observe the breath you will also become a wide field. Leave any arise happening in your mind behind. Do not react to it. You just breathe just like the sun that looks at the whole thing.


Breath is life. We breathe and we birth ourselves every moment.

With exhalation, let out everything you were obsessed with.

The Muddy stream flows endlessly, the water clears up.

You become purer when you let go of what you were holding with attachment.


Experience the ultimate truth by yourself through practice,

Apply it to all of your life aspects.

And take the right action.

Every moment of life is a practice.

Don't hide yourself and don't lock yourself inside of the small practice room.


What you need now is

Not the accumulation of more knowledge,

Not a whispering desire to search for something new.


It is not about adding more and more.

You will meet wholeness via letting go and emptiness 空.

You will restore your true self.


Stay in benevolent silence.

Learn patience.


Like taking care of a garden tree...

Sow the seeds of freedom and peace.



August 2023

Written by Jio



 

< About Jio >


힐러, 치유가, 명상가, 호흡식, 신비

Hi! I'm a meditator, healer, and a Breatharian Practitioner, who travels and dances with the mysterious energy of cosmic nature.


When I was young, I wanted to become a wind and be one with the Nature, and I grew up reading lots of stories about Xian, spirits, and elements. In the past I studied mathematics to understand the whole universe, now I have thrown myself completely into a silent mystery.


Our human lives are a dream flowing into oneness. I am the soul of freedom and love, experiencing the spiritual journey of Life. My name is Jio, I am a messenger of the Sky and Earth. And I temp to carve and share mysterious moments of nature that cannot be fully captured by human language and mind. I am also a guide, for those who need help in life situations, and those who need support on their spiritual journey. Nice to meet you.


Email : jio@urlight.guru


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