Lift your eyes from the screen and take note of all that is within your view. There are myriad of shapes, forms, colors, and sizes. And all of these are arranged in foreground and background, inset within one another, as well as represent identifiable things or people to you. But, the biggest factor that is in front of you – and all around – is the air, the space that is present. This is telling us something.
The unseen, unrecognized, and unknown far exceeds that which is seen, recognized, and currently known. No matter how one considers this or examples one examines, this statement is correct and true, and air in the room symbolizes and is an example of this.
We complete the week of Tip of the Nose noticing some of the usually not noticed, some of the amazing and wondrous experiences of breathing. As we do, and without effort, we are simultaneously cultivating meditative focus: learning to withdraw from the blatant and obvious which captivates our attention the majority of the day, and to come inside to the subtle experiences within a moment. All meditation practice, training, and experiences will rely upon and be born from our capacity to withdraw from the world of appearances and reactions and come into the world of recognizing the subtle.
Doing so, we have begun the Path of Awareness.
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