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Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit
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Presence / Mindfulness 1
Mindfulness of the Breath
Adapted by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.
In being with this process, you may notice your attention wandering from time to time, and let that too be all right in that moment. This moment is actually an opening to remind yourself of your breath and again gently placing your attention on it. In every moment we begin anew, and so in the next new breath you can remain fully aware as the breath arises, is known and experienced, and naturally released. Kindly give yourself or even surrender yourself to this breath, every aspect and sequential step in the process.
You can naturally remain ever more fully aware of this natural and spontaneous process of breathing-slowly inhaling, pausing momentarily, easily exhaling and again the longer pausing between breaths. This continuity of breathing, with being conscious, attentive and aware, strengthens your new inner muscle of mindfulness.
No two breaths are alike. Some breaths are shallow while others are quite deep; some breaths are released quickly and others are very slowly let go of; some breaths are staggered like climbing stair steps and others are very smooth.
Each breath is unique and brings its own rewards and gifts. Notice every nuance. Sometimes it brings relaxation, rest or a prelude to slumber, at other times a time for reflection, pausing and sizing up a situation before choosing, at still other times relief, kindness and reassurance, and sometimes it brings a reaching for life-giving oxygen, marshalling of inner resources and even courage. You can ever rely upon following your breath with your attention as your Home, your royal pathway into Presence, into Now.
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