For this week’s meditation, we turn to Chogyam Trungpa, who teaches:
No one can turn you completely upside down and inside out. You must accept yourself as you are, instead of as you would like to be, which means giving up self-deception and wishful thinking.
During the coming week, work on accepting yourself (and the time and space you’re currently living in) as you are and as it is, warts and all.
Once you’ve settled into a comfortable position, slowly and consciously inhale and exhale three deep breaths. With each successive breath, note how you become more aware of both your mind and body.
Now that you’re relaxed from the three deep breaths and in a comfortable physical position, let’s begin the “I Am” meditation.
This technique is very simple.
First, slowly breathe in, mentally thinking I, pause for several seconds as you complete the inhalation, and then slowly breath out, thinking AM. Again, pause for several seconds as you complete exhaling.
Note the space, quiet, and calm that always exists in every pause between breaths.
Repeat this simple meditation for at least five minutes, slowly adding more time as your practice deepens or if you’re feeling anxious.
I Am is one of the world’s simplest and yet most profound meditation techniques.
When you accept yourself as I Am, you give up self-deception and wishful thinking and attain freedom, peace, and bliss.
I’ll see you again next Monday morning with another simple meditation you can use to improve your life and sense of well being.