This is from Wikipedia (so it must be true):
“Breathing is one of the few bodily functions which, within limits, can be controlled both consciously and unconsciously.”
Think about it.. if you want to hold your breath, you can. That is an especially good thing if you like to swim. If you go to sleep, you keep on breathing. It just happens. You don’t need to think about. This is an especially good thing if you wish to wake up in the morning.
As my meditation journey continues I’ve had some successes and some, um.. unsuccesses? Is that word? I don’t want to say failures because they are not.
As complicated as meditation is made out to be, it’s not. But, it’s not easy, either. The task is simple; sit and breath. But be aware of the breathing.. focus on the breathing. As your mind wanders, go back to focusing on the breathing. When things wander into your brain, acknowledge them, let them go and don’t judge them. They’re there and gone, that’s it.
Sometimes I’ve found myself dwelling on things and then realize I need to focus on the breathing. Some would say the dwelling is the unsuccessful part. Maybe it is. But each time I recognize I’m not focused on the breathing it becomes a success and I refocus on my breath.
Sometimes I’m meditating for twenty minutes. Tonight, not so lucky. I made it just shy of eight. To me, both were successes.
That’s when it hit me the other morning, thank goodness breathing is an involuntary thing, cause when you need to concentrate on it all the time it’s hard.
It will get easier though. I’ve been at this meditation thing now for about four weeks or so. I feel I’ve noted a change in me.
Some believe you need to hit ten thousand hours of deliberate practice to become world class in any field.
I’ve a ways to go.
“Practice is everything. This is often misquoted as Practice makes perfect.” – Periander