Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Wind

It's time for me to get my butt to a mediation class. The technique that I use now, really worked for me when I got serious about meditating, but everyday more and more, my mind figures out ways around it. What's happening as I sit there meditating is kind of like a movie. The Princess Bride is a perfect example. In the movie, there's modern day, a grandpa telling his grandson the story of The Princess Bride and then there's the reality of the people inside that story. Me meditating is the story, I'm finding peace, I'm following my breath; but I never forget about the grandpa and the kid. I've found a loophole in my technique where I can focus on my breath and think at the same time.

Last week, fed-up with all of this, I decided, "Enough! I'm just gonna do my best to inhale every inhale all the way and exhale every exhale all the way." Newflash: there was no grandpa and the kid! If you don't already think I'm crazy, I'll bet you do now! A few minutes after I got up from my seat, I read my horoscope on Free Will Astrology:

"Have you ever had the wind knocked out of you? It feels weird for a short time, but leaves no lasting damage. I'm expecting that you will experience a form of that phenomenon sometime soon. Metaphorically speaking, the wind will get knocked out of you... The wind that will get knocked out of you will be a wind that needed to be knocked out -- a wind that was causing confusion in your gut-level intuition. In other words, you'll be lucky to get that wind knocked out of you. You'll feel much better afterwards, and you will see things more clearly."

Speaking of being a Detox Junkie, I do love to breathe out til the very bottom of my exhale. Science has all kinds of things to say about how cleansing deep breathing can be. Exhaling helps to wash the respiratory system, the lymphatic system, and the blood stream of gases like carbon dioxide. Typically, exhaling is something that requires more awareness than inhaling. Our inhale will happen, because our bodies are designed to survive. But to exhale all the way, until you can't anymore, takes a lot of attention. And in the name of spring cleaning, if nothing else, it feels good to be responsible for no-longer-needed wind getting knocked out.

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