breath

Short Mediation Session

‘Thoughts are coming and I’m telling you to go back to the breathing. You automatically interpret this as, “We should stop the thoughts.” This is not what I mean. I’m not saying you should stop thinking. All I’m saying is, concentrate on the breathing. When thoughts come, don’t stop them, don’t increase them, don’t encourage them, don’t discourage the. Your job is to concentrate on the breathing. That’s it. Stopping the thoughts is not your job. It’s important to understand the difference: thoughts are going to come; all you do is concentrate on the breathing. That’s it.’

- Dzongar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Do Nothing, from the September 2009 issue of the Shambhala Sun.