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Thich Nhat Hanh wishes you a Happy October: Your Skeleton [Oct. 3rd, 2013|12:01 pm]
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"Your skeleton.

Lie on a bed or on a mat or on the grass in a position in which you are comfortable. Don’t use a pillow. Begin to take hold of your breath. Imagine all that is left of your body is a white skeleton lying on the face of the earth. Maintain the half smile and continue to follow your breath. Imagine that all your flesh has decomposed and is gone, that your skeleton is now lying in the earth 80 years after burial. See clearly the bones of your head, back, your ribs, your hip bones, leg and arm bones finger bones. Maintain the half smile, breathe very lightly, your heart and mind serene. See that your skeleton is not you. Your bodily form is not you. Be at one with life. Live eternally in the trees and grass, in other people, in the birds and other beasts, in the sky, in the ocean waves. Your skeleton is only one part of you. You are present everywhere and in every moment. You are not only a bodily form, or even feelings, thoughts, actions, and knowledge. Continue for 20-30 minutes."

Thich Nhat Hanh, from The Miracle of Mindfulness
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[User Picture]From: whiskeychick
2013-10-03 04:22 pm (UTC)

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Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings is so prevalent in my life...at least in the last four years. This is an exercise that my counselor gave me in abbreviated form. I had somehow missed it in all his books I have of his. Where did you find it?
[User Picture]From: readingthedark
2013-10-03 04:33 pm (UTC)

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The Miracle of Mindfulness. It's originally from the 70s, I think, and the copy I was flipping through was one of the early editions, but it has been reprinted and is still in print.

In truth, I'm more of a Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche fan--but this is one of those exercises that has lived on and I've always liked it. I presume the meditation itself goes back centuries.
[User Picture]From: buymeaclue
2013-10-03 05:45 pm (UTC)

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Excellently creepifying.
[User Picture]From: readingthedark
2013-10-03 05:49 pm (UTC)

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eepy eepy spookniest
[User Picture]From: sovay
2013-10-03 06:00 pm (UTC)

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Thich Nhat Hanh wishes you a Happy October: Your Skeleton

I took a pair of classes in college with professors who used Thich Nhat Hanh's meditations at the beginning of class, but I don't remember that we ever did this one. Thank you!
[User Picture]From: readingthedark
2013-10-03 06:03 pm (UTC)

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I'm going to start inserting the sentence, "Don't use a pillow," into strange places it doesn't belong. Driving directions; letters to creditors; recipes.
[User Picture]From: prose_lover
2013-10-18 04:41 pm (UTC)

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yes, yes, yes, Will do