In this practice, we’ll be cultivating awareness of our interdependence –
“During quietness, you breathe together with the whole world. We breathe as one.” – Gyomay Kubose Sensei
Breathing in, Breathing out
Feel the air filling your lungs
as you breathe in and out feeling the air fill your lungs,
Honor them for allowing you to breathe.
Now think the of trees and plants and all the processes that make breathing possible.
Acknowledging your utter dependence on them for being here right now
Breathing in, Breathing out – be aware of your breath, aware that you are breathing in unison with all living brings –
Now say to yourself,
With each breath I become aware that the very air I receive into my lungs has been shared
by trees, and flowers,
by bees and bears,
by wolves and whales.
Let us now sit together in this awareness
Now be aware of your breath
feel it fill your lungs
notice the wave-like motion of your breathing
Be aware of how your very life has been, gifted to you,
by the stars that make up the very elements of your body,
by the earth’s ocean,
that lives in your in your blood,
gifted to you by soil,
moss and light.
Now sit gently in this awareness.
Feel the air coming into your lungs
Now say to yourself
I am so grateful for all the causes and conditions
allowing me to breathe and share breath with all living things,
in this very moment
Now while centering your attention on your breathing
opening your heart
Say thank you to the stars,
the sea, to the moss and light.
For each inhale and exhale.
Now Breathe in,
Feel the air coming through your nose past your lips,
feel it filling your lungs.
Bring to your awareness of how your very life has been, gifted to you,
by all your ancestors.
Acknowledging that you are breathing in the very same air, that all your ancestors both
human and non-human down through the lineage of time
– each sharing the same breath,
their first breath, and their last breath.
Now with each breath say to your self,
“I am breathing in the first and last breath of my grandparents,
Great-grandparents, even back 100 generations,
The same air that filled their lungs is now filling mine.
Their first breath and their last breath gifted to me.
I now sit in that awareness.”
Now with each breath be aware that the earth.
You are breathing in the same air of the lineage of all our teachers even back to the
Buddha himself, breathing in and out, first and the last breath of the Buddha –
With each inhale and exhale the Buddha breathes through you
Now – In this still moment as your breath in and out
feel the whole world breathing with you breathing as one.
Feel that endless connection that supports your existence.
Sit in that awareness.
Now slowly open your eyes