Monday, October 7, 2013

observing v. sensing

Being present with the experience requires understanding the difference between observing which implies standing outside of the event and being fully within what is happening by sensing.  So the instruction is better if it is stated: "sense your breath, not observe."

The difference is that if you are simply observing an activity in which you are participating, you are not fully in that event; however, if you are sensing the breath you are aware of the  impact of the activity to the extent that you are fully within the experience.  When this feeling occurs, you are completely inside what is happening to your body without judging.

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