The Breath That Is Just Loud Enough…

In February, meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg sponsors a 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Everybody is invited to commit to meditating every day for the month and join the mindfulness community. As part of the challenge, I’ll be blogging throughout the month (along with other meditator/bloggers) about the experience. You can find the posts on Sharon’s site and I’ll share mine on Focus Pocus.

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 17
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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In Sanskrit, it’s called Ujjayi.

It’s also known as “Victorious Breath” and “Ocean Breath.”

I call it “The Breath That Is Just Loud Enough to Scoot Thoughts Out of My Head Hooray and Namaste.”

It’s kind of a long name, I grant you, but it works for me.

My yoga teachers say, “Make your breath louder than your thoughts.” That works, too.

When I’m sitting on my cushion and I’m itching to get to my To Do list or excited about walking in the snow or worried about how everything is going to turn out, I turn on “The Breath That Is Just Loud Enough to Scoot Thoughts Out of My Head Hooray and Namaste.” It slips into the crannies where my thoughts think and gently, kindly shoos them out. Or at least it confuses them enough so they stop their swirling for a few seconds.

Sometimes, that’s all the space I need to go back to a silent breath. Sometimes, it’s TBTIJLETSTOOMHHAN the whole time. Either way, I’m grateful to have Ujjayi in my back pocket.

Hooray and Namaste.

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