Welcome to the archived web site of
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

Now in memoriam - This website is no longer being updated
While Dr. Friedman is no longer with us, there are still many helpful resources on his site. Articles and resource links have been relocated to the top. His family hopes you might find them helpful. But since this site is no longer being updated, some links may no longer work.

 


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From His Book | Meditations For Life | The Flow of Money, Business and Innovation | Transpersonal/Mind-Body | Approaches, Worldview and Will-isms

Skills For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | Feeling, Thought, Communication & Action

Strategies/Distinctions For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free

Awakening Stories/Metaphors For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | The Way It Is

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Meditations For Life

Presence / Mindfulness 1

Mindfulness of the Breath

Adapted by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.


Keeping our attention on the natural process of breathing, without trying to change it, control it, make it into a goal or an agenda in any way, allows it to simply be what it is. This is a beautiful way to consciously BE in this moment. Begin by noticing where in your body your breath originates, perhaps deep in your chest or in the arising and falling of your belly or in your throat and out your nose and mouth. Feel the movement of air as you slowly inhale and exhale, and bring your awareness to each.

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.


George Demont Otis      A Quiet Cove

 
© Copyright 2013 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.
 
 


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