Friday, July 16, 2010

Let Go of the "Doer"

This recent Daily Dharma has been on my mind for the past couple of days. I think there are a lot of places in my life where I could let go of my "doerness"...

July 14, 2010
Tricycle Daily Dharma
Let Go of the "Doer"

As we begin to practice mindfulness of breathing, we often see ourselves, initially, as the breather, apart and separate from the breath itself. The direction and development of the practice is eventually to bridge this separation until our attention is absorbed fully into the breath. The breath breathes itself, and we experience a place of deep calmness, concentration, and ease. When we breathe, we just breathe. As our practice develops, we learn to let go of much of the emotional and psychological baggage that surrounds so much of what we “do” in life. Essentially, we learn to let go of the “doer.” It is important to be patient with this process. Mindfulness of breathing is a practice of patient intimacy, learning to come closer and closer to the simple process of just breathing.

Christina Feldman, "Receiving the Breath: Meditation Q & A" (Summer 2003)