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Letting Go With Breath

Tara Brach






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Letting Go With Breath

Dissolve tension, let go of burdens and relax into greater ease and well-being.

Take a pause from all activity and

either sit or stand in a way that

allows you to be comfortable yet alert.

It's ideal, if possible,

to gently close your eyes.

With each of the following

conscious breaths, inhale fully,

extending your natural in breath

so your lungs are filled with air.

And then exhale very slowly so that

you can feel the actual sensation of

releasing the breath and letting go.

Now with this first set of three

breaths and with this first

breath breathing in deeply.

And as you exhale, imagine

letting go of all thoughts.

You might picture thoughts as clouds

appearing and then passing out of

sight, leaving a wide open sky.

Breathing in deeply, filling the lungs.

And then breathing out, sensing thoughts

as clouds, appearing, and disappearing.

One more time.

Inhale deeply, filling the lungs.

And with the exhale, letting go of

thoughts, leaving a wide open sky.

And as you continue now, the second

set of breaths, as you exhale, imagine

letting go of all physical tension.

So inhale deeply.

Breathing in, filling the lungs.

And then breathing out, letting go,

letting go of any areas of tightness.

Sensing, softening and dissolving.

Again, inhaling deeply, filling the lungs.

And with the out-breath letting

go of physical tension as

if ice is melting to water.

And one more time.

Inhaling deeply, filling the lungs.

And exhale, let go of

any tightness or tension.

Dissolving, releasing, letting go.

And now with this third set of breaths,

as you exhale, you'll be imagining letting

go of all the burdens in your heart.

So inhaling deeply now, filling the lungs.

And as you exhale, sense a

loosening and releasing as if

water is disappearing into vapor.

Inhaling deeply and filling the lungs.

And releasing the burdens of your

heart, water disappearing into vapor.

And one more time, inhaling

deeply, filling the lungs.

Exhale, letting go of pain and sorrow.

Letting go.

And now simply allow the breath

to resume in its natural rhythm.

Sense the possibility of simply

relaxing open with the in-breath

like a gently expanding balloon.

And letting go with the out-breath,

relaxing and settling into greater

and greater ease and wellbeing.

Continue this breath, relaxing with the

life that's here, as long as you'd like.

And then when you're ready,

explore re-entering activity with

a relaxed and open attention.

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