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What is it that watches the breath?

What is it that watches the breath?
Does it have preferences?
Does it decide for itself, "This is pleasant, that is not"?
Or do those thoughts arise like any other?
From out of nowhere, unbidden, to subside momentarily into nothing.

When happiness arises, the watching is unchanged.
When sorrow comes, seeing is untainted.
The aware process carries sensation, thought, feeling, desire, aversion, absorbing nothing, faithfully reflecting whatever arises.

What is, is.


Posted: 1 year ago

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I'm working with the instructions from Mind Illuminated by Culadasa. This morning I started out sitting cross legged with my back against the wall of the closet. I learned that my posture is less stable that way, not more. Around halfway through the session, I moved to the bench and felt much more stable and able to stay focused on the breath after that.

So the bench really does seem to provide the best posture for sitting that I'm going to get.


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