Samadhi – Guided Meditation #1- Breath as the Bridge

Samadhi – Guided Meditation #1- Breath as the Bridge

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Start with a calm and peaceful mind. Relaxing deeply, yet being completely alert and present. Your outer posture should remain strong, but not rigid. Relaxed, but not slumping. Observe the natural breath. During this meditation, do not try to change or manipulate the breath in any way. You are simply observing this one thing that is already happening. Breath is happening, you are just noticing it Cultivating the skills of concentration and allowing. As you observe the breath, don´t be surprised or frustrated when your mind wanders. As soon as you notice the mind has wandered, bring it back to the breath. Remain relaxed. The mind will wander, and you will bring it back to the breath. This is the meditation. Sometimes you might get lost in thoughts for a while. The practice is to become disinterested in any thought; planning, remembering, worrying, fantasizing. Regardless of what type of thought comes up, just let it go, without judgement. You may experience thoughts, that are judging your meditation, or judging your present experience, as being good or bad. Just let them go. As you sit for a period of time, hindrances will arise. Hindrances can come in the form of sleepiness, or restlessness, maybe boredom, or pain and discomfort in the body. When attention is diverted to any particular phenomena, the practice is to be equanimous with what is. Simply, let it be as it is, and return to the breath. Sometimes, if pain becomes too great, it may be necessary to adjust your position. But with practice, your capacity to work with the hindrances will develop. You may notice, that moving away from your pain, sometimes makes it come back even stronger. Allowing pain to be as it is, opening to it fully, lets it arise, express itself, and pass away. Paradoxically, the way out of pain, is to go into it and experience it fully. Another form of hindrance, is wanting or expecting something to happen. Sometimes, blissful feelings will arise, an the mind will try to cling to these experiences, or recreate them. The same thing that applies to unpleasant sensations, applies to peasant sensations. Allow them to be as they are, relaxing into the moment, and always bringing focus back to the breath. Do not look left or right. Only see your meditation object, the breath. Observe the pulsation of the breath, the in and the out, expansion and contraction. Be sharp, lucid, present. Simply, abide with the natural breath. The mind may want to do something more interesting. Don´t let it become dull and repetitive. Feel the aliveness of the breath. Go into it. Notice every sensation, connected to the breath. From gross sensations, to the most subtle. When you observe the breath, maybe you will notice more air going in one nostril than another. Maybe there is a tightness somewhere in the body, constricting the breath. Maybe in the Hara area, the center located approximately two inches below the navel. Or in the heart area, or in the throat, or any part of the body. Simply notice, and allow it to be as it is. Notice how the stomach rises and falls. Is it deep or shallow? Is it changing in quality? Is it sometimes deep, or sometimes shallow? Is it smooth and fluid, or is it choppy? It does not matter what you find, just notice. Don´t try to manipulate the breath. Is the air going in the nostrils cooler than the air going out? Maybe there is a tickling sensation at the the nostrils. Can you feel the pulse of the breath? Like waves rising and falling on the ocean. Let the breath be free. Let it change, grow and evolve if it wants to. Let it become subtle, or disappear completely, if it wants to. Don´t miss the changes, notice them, no matter how subtle. Continue observing, patiently, persistently. It may take some time and practice to be able to stay with the breath without the mind wandering. In deep meditation, the flow of concentration is continuous, like the flow of oil being poured in a continuous stream. Egoic thoughts are interruptions, in the flow of concentration towards the breath. Don´t push away these thoughts. Don´t repress them, or they will just come back in a different form. But at the same time, don´t become interested in the thoughts. Otherwise, you will soon be daydreaming. The middle-way is: neither pushing away, nor grasping. Just observe the breath, and the thoughts will settle down on their own. They will lose power. The patterns of thinking will gradually lose energy, when you don´t feed them your consciousness. Don´t feed the mind. You are using concentration on the breath, to divert the energy away from the mind patterns. The breath can move unconsciously, when it is not observed. Or, it can move consciously. Notice if the breath changes when you put your attention on it. Notice any subtle change, when you bring consciousness to your breath. Conscious breath is Pranic breath. It is alive breath. When you focus continuously on the breath, your inner energy might begin to increase. This may generate friction, or some uncomfortableness. It may increase whatever patterns are in play. You may experience friction between your intention to stay with the breath, and the old patterns of the mind. This friction may make you want to move, to interrupt the meditation process. But know that this friction is integral to meditation. It is the friction that creates the fire that burns up the self. It is the alchemy that transmutes the duality of your pain and pleasure, into Samadhi. Always be surrendering. Always be present. Let the breath anchor you in the now. Let the breath ground you. If you want to gain mastery over the mind, master the breath. There is only one breath, the breath that happens now. Let the breath take you deep into your being. Dive deep into the ocean of breath, of inner energy, into the pranic stream. If your mind has wandered, if some thought has interrupted the continuous awareness of the breath, the moment you notice it, you will actually be back at the breath. There is actually no doing, when you return to the breath. You don´t do anything to return to the breath. You are simply noticing what the mind is already doing, and letting it go. The breath is profound, mysterious, but we take it for granted. We don´t really inhabit the breath. We don´t really feel the breath. Like most things, we perceive only our thoughts about it, not the breath itself. Concentration and deep surrender. These are the two dimensions of meditation. Be patient, focused, remain aware, remain equanimous, relaxing, present.

100 thoughts on “Samadhi – Guided Meditation #1- Breath as the Bridge”

  1. If we're not judging our thoughts as 'good' or 'bad', then it would be just as well, instead of a cover photo of kaleidoscopic colors, to use a photo of a pregnant goat wearing an Easter bonnet.

  2. Great meditation I remained thougtless for 2 hours…the magick of silence…the great voice and instructions every now and then…..mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm thank you so much

  3. The expansion of our conscience would certainly help to solve many of our problems and the world's societies many thanks for the meditations….and the contemplation when we walk out of our minds and become the Observers

  4. All I can say is wow, This Meditation is about the breath but in a couple of parts where you spoke I realised I was not breathing, But also not suffering due to the fact I was in a state of complete peace..Love & Light to you.

  5. Thank you so much for this video. It really taught me how to concentrate on my breathing, work things out and to let go of unwanted thoughts while meditating. Thank you again.

  6. Thanks for this video, I was in search of such one. At some point a sudden vibration in my chest startled me while watching the breathing. After some time I was totally blank and had no idea how long I was in it.. When I came back again in presence then I felt a very deep long relaxing breath came out of me. Thanks, my Gratitude.

  7. I feel very close to crossing over, but when i feel myself beginning to release i am hit with fear of the unknown and of the beauty and horror of the absolute. I close down and prevent myself from passing. I have been struggling in this way for some time now. any guidance or insight would be appreciated.

    Deep thanks for your work. I have been looking for this level of instruction for a while now.

  8. This (and the other guides in this series) is the meditation guide that helped me to finally break through, despite many attempts over the years. The teachings are invaluable to me. See you on patreon and thank you for sharing your gift and your work.

  9. Watching the breath is a jewel and investigating the breath is a diamond, it did wonders for my meditation, got rid of a lot of attachment to ego and self, thank you.

  10. I also did many Vipassana courses over 30 years ago including, at Sayaji’s U Ba Khin’s International meditation centre in Rangoon, but 16 years ago found I was not getting anywhere, so I decided to switch to watching the breath meditation got access concentration and investigated the mind using Sayaji U Ba Khin technique of insight meditation to overcome attachment to mind. So thanks to both techniques.

  11. The breath is like riding a bike, when you fall off you get back on, then when the breath disappear’s you ride the mind down hill effortlessly, identifying past, future and undeveloped thoughts with equanimity to keep the bike going straight. Cheers

  12. Daniel Schmidt. Thank you for this masterpiece! I wish you could upload at least one more guided meditation. Loads of light your way, bother. Cheers!

  13. Even the ''comments'' to Awaken the World Film (here and on Samadhi et al.) are singularly profound, helpful, and radiant with loving kindness. It is so inspiring to watch one of the videos, or do one of the guided meditations, and then read the experiences and shared insights. Ripe, nourishing fruit strewn around a fragrant, shade bestowing tree. What a privilege to come here and be renewed. So many of the comments are profound and very skillful supplements- it is easier to give thanks in a comment of my own than clicking several hundred ''likes''!

  14. ROFL

    So samadhi means meditation? Kiddo!!!

    Samadhi in actuality means giving up life in most natural way. There are many forms of samadhi. Agni samadhi in which you use pyre to give up your body. Jal samadhi in which people immerse themselves in water and give up body. Bhu samadhi wherein you are buried alive. My personal favourite is Jal samadhi. Peaceful. 70% of your body is water so makes more sense to me. ROFL 😂😂😂😂

    Don't teach kids about samadhi.

  15. I don't know how you did it. Been meditating for years but with this I became emptiness.

    This is the best hour you can gift yourself with.

  16. G'day, I'm not sure if your channel is posting this guys videos or if this guy is actually the one responding to comments (the guy talking in the meditation) but if it is you I wanted to bring a concept to you to think about. In your part 1 and part 2 vid there is a lot mentioned about stillness, I think you might have this concept slightly off. What I think it really is is being so present in the moment that it is 'like' stillness, and the more present you get, the more it feels still but really there is no stillness, just a oneness or connection with the moment that the deeper you go the more time slows down (literally). Time isn't measurable, time is just the experience of life anything has. Thank you for the guided meditation you really are masterful with guiding, I found it really difficult to just focus on the breath, normally concentrating on doing something with the breath is easier for me. For eg. When I breath in I concentrate on white light filling my being and then on the out breath I'm breathing out all the negative energy from my being. I'm not making my breathing, I'm just letting it happen, but I focus on the in and out. Breathing concentration by itself was way harder, I guess because I had my ego and thoughts interacting with mine, and yours was just 'being'. Good luck and fortune in life my universal friend =)

  17. If I give attention to the breath "like an unbroken stream of oil" for a dozen or more consecutive breaths (very hard to do), it puts me in a zone where whenever I stop the meditation I experience a very pleasant euphoria, almost like a mild opioid effect. Does that happen to anyone else?

  18. I have found such shelter here as if under some ''mother tree''. The movies have inspired me to deepen my practice while,this first the guided meditation is my delight- I'm going to put it on my MP3. With what joy I wait to reward myself by trying the 2nd one, ''Hinderances''- not that I have just barely begun to feel real benefit from the first. (Please excuse my ''grasping'' and egoic craving- I'm just so filled with hope that I can use this method to do ''directed altering of the neuroplasticity of my brain''. And what a joy, after the session ends, to read these comments. They are offered in loving friendliness and are a treasure- ripe fruits laying around the tree. Some of the comments reveal themselves to be more profound as I repeat the guided meditation. Weeks ago, I read and smiled at the comment that'' it makes me jump every time he speaks''! Especially toward the great pauses towards the end, I was jumping too! But now, I read the replies and having ripened, a bit , find still greater community in shared experiences, as I follow others who have gone before. ''Wake Up''(one of the replies), echoes in my own experience in a way very different now! YES! Be here, alert, in the present moment, grounded by now's breath. And then the next reply, where a fellow traveler shares his using acceptance, knowing the teacher's voice is coming, and relaxing into it. Thank you Vegan Tony, Albert Diaz, and Jay Sparton! This is a beautiful community and grows more dear and invaluable to me with each passing week. I thank you all. I am so renewed in my commitment to seek a ''deeper well'' and a ''middle path'' every time I come here. ''I take refuge in the sangha''!

  19. I mean, how to integrate this in nowaday life, its fun to create with mind, and is it really wu-wei if you force it? If it doesn't really come naturally? Thanks.

  20. Thank you. Great video.
    Can i ask the 1 mill question. How can i help myself relaxing enugh to overcome when my breath stop not to go against the wanting to breath.? Does it automatic comes when i practis'ed enugh times and by that slowly get use to it. And so what. What happens when it stops exsakly. I trained myself in astral travel. It tok me some time allso to be calm enugh and letting go. I guess my question is. Is that the same in a way that happens. A rush feeling the lightbody separate with tingling feelings all over the body and white light and bom you er out. Like that it Happend to me 4 times. But is it somthing like that aswell. And same ralm? In astral i am lying down. Never in a sitting meditation like im doing now with this. Ill be most happy for any answer on this. Thank you. And sorry for any bad spelling. Im from Denmark.

  21. Meditation is so great.To be one.Its so.good to step away from this fast economy greedy rythm of this human reality.Having no thought is amazing.Nothing just be.Awesome feeling.

  22. подскажите медитацию на английский язык! чтоб я его не учил а понимал))))

  23. Love this meditation!Perfect mixture of guidance & silence. And your words are exactly what I need to hear.. informative about the thought patterns & encouraging. I feel like it is training wheels for learning how to “ ride the breath” Thank you🙏

  24. This is awesome 💕💕💕Thank you. I do meditate already but this is a great tool/meditation perspective to add to my library. Stumbled upon it after watching the movie Samadhi. I really appreciate you sharing this with us all.

  25. Just consider how many distractions we are all bombarded with these days. Then when you realize the many illusions created to control you , you will see you can easily let go of all of them simply by realizing what they are and how you relate to them. Consider how much your smart phone controls you and why does that happen ? It is of course another of the many distractions and illusions. There are many and all are very deliberate, so simply recognize it all for what it is and let it go ! You control it, not the other way around.

    As well consider that multi tasking is the exact opposite of meditation. Is that kind of thinking healthy and actually productive or intelligent and useful, or destructive and stressful and controlling ? Everything is all about how we think and finding balance in all matters and events.

    We can easily let go of most of the noise simply by being aware of it !

  26. Preparing for my first vipassana retreat (and being older and from a time before the wonderful experience of ''guided meditations'', when it was just me, my longing, and a few treasured books), I use this meditation frequently as a special experience to accompany my regular ''mindfulness of breathing'' daily practice. This is almost a misnomer, for it is really the concentration aspect of vipassana (anapanasati)- my effort to tame my ''monkey mind'', rather than that special emphasis on concentration that separates ''insight'' meditation from the ''stone Buddha'' bliss of samatha meditation. Your emphasis on ''surrender'' had seemed a novelty and yet resonated with me deeply. That power, coupled with your insistence on the importance of surrender, made me reexamine the texts that had guided me before that banner night when I happened upon your film ''Samadhi'' and then all of the other works you have gifted us with. The other component of meditation (in addition to the cultivation of concentration) is usually given as ''mindfulness''. So I searched for the equivalence of mindfulness and deep surrender. Bhante Gunaratana writes that mindfulness is cultivated by deeper and deeper skillful experiences of ''letting go''. That sounds like your 'deep surrender'' as in equanimity I ''sit'' with what is happening (my breath and other aspects of myself that are very much more in need of self compassion and acceptance!). Finally, I find Bhante Gunaratana writing that ''acceptance is the essence of mindfulness''. Again, this seems to be very much like your usage of ''surrender'' as the ''other wing'' (which along with concentration) lifts the bird of meditation that can bear one to Samadhi. But as to why I am so deeply comforted by the sound of your voice guiding me to ''surrender'', I am still unable to assimilate as more than a gift and to thank you for sharing it.

  27. Is it possible to observe one's thoughts? I find that the second I try to observe my thoughts they dissolve, and the best I can do is observe them retroactively from memory. I feel like being able to be aware of one's thoughts in real time is a critical skill, but have not yet been able to pull it off.

  28. I also really enjoy Adyashanti. 💚
    For my spiritual awakening I have also enjoyed watching a bit of Sri Avinash myself at the moment. #SriAvinashDo 💚💙
    I feel like my life has changed in such a beautiful way just from seeing his videos.

  29. Breathing Once before each sentence this will make this session One Hour, along with the additional Breaths below.

    Start with a calm and peaceful mind. Relaxing deeply, yet being completely alert and present. Your outer posture should remain strong, but not rigid. Relaxed, but not slumping. Observe the natural breath. During this meditation, do not try to change or manipulate the breath in any way. You are simply observing this one thing that is already happening. Breath is happening, you are just noticing it. Cultivating the skills of concentration and allowing.

    (3 Breaths)

    As you observe the breath, don´t be surprised or frustrated when your mind wanders. As soon as you notice the mind has wandered, bring it back to the breath. Remain relaxed. 

    (3 Breaths)

    The mind will wander, and you will bring it back to the breath. This is the meditation.

    (12 Breaths)

    Sometimes you might get lost in thoughts for a while. The practice is to become disinterested in any thought; planning, remembering, worrying, fantasizing. Regardless of what type of thought comes up, just let it go, without judgement. You may experience thoughts, that are judging your meditation, or judging your present experience, as being good or bad. Just let them go. 

    (12 Breaths)

    As you sit for a period of time, hindrances will arise. Hindrances can come in the form of sleepiness, or restlessness, maybe boredom, or pain and discomfort in the body. When attention is diverted to any particular phenomena, the practice is to be equanimous(calm & composed) with what is. Simply, let it be as it is, and return to the breath. Sometimes, if pain becomes too great, it may be necessary to adjust your position. But with practice, your capacity to work with the hindrances will develop. You may notice, that moving away from your pain, sometimes makes it come back even stronger. Allowing pain to be as it is, opening to it fully, lets it arise, express itself, and pass away. Paradoxically, the way out of pain, is to go into it and experience it fully. 

    (12 Breaths)

    Another form of hindrance, is wanting or expecting something to happen. Sometimes, blissful feelings will arise, an the mind will try to cling to these experiences, or recreate them. The same thing that applies to unpleasant sensations, applies to peasant sensations. Allow them to be as they are, relaxing into the moment, and always bringing focus back to the breath. Do not look left or right. Only see your meditation object, the breath.

    (12 Breaths)

    Observe the pulsation of the breath, the in and the out, expansion and contraction. Be sharp, lucid, present. Simply, abide with the natural breath.

    The mind may want to do something more interesting. Don´t let it become dull and repetitive. Feel the aliveness of the breath. Go into it.

    (12 Breaths)

    Notice every sensation, connected to the breath. From gross sensations, to the most subtle.When you observe the breath, maybe you will notice more air going in one nostril than another. Maybe there is a tightness somewhere in the body, constricting the breath. Maybe in the Hara area, the center located approximately two inches below the navel. Or in the heart area, or in the throat, or any part of the body. Simply notice, and allow it to be as it is. 

    (9 Breaths)

    Notice how the stomach rises and falls. Is it deep or shallow? Is it changing in quality? Is it sometimes deep, or sometimes shallow? Is it smooth and fluid, or is it choppy? It does not matter what you find, just notice. Don´t try to manipulate the breath. 

    (9 Breaths)

    Is the air going in the nostrils cooler than the air going out? Maybe there is a tickling sensation at the the nostrils. Can you feel the pulse of the breath? Like waves rising and falling on the ocean. 

    (9 Breaths)

    Let the breath be free. Let it change, grow and evolve if it wants to. Let it become subtle, or disappear completely, if it wants to. Don´t miss the changes, notice them, no matter how subtle. 

    (9 Breaths)

    Continue observing, patiently, persistently. It may take some time and practice to be able to stay with the breath without the mind wandering. 

    (9 Breaths)

    In deep meditation, the flow of concentration is continuous, like the flow of oil being poured in a continuous stream. 

    (9 Breaths)

    Egoic thoughts are interruptions, in the flow of concentration towards the breath. Don´t push away these thoughts. Don´t repress them, or they will just come back in a different form. But at the same time, don´t become interested in the thoughts. Otherwise, you will soon be daydreaming. The middle-way is: neither pushing away, nor grasping.

    (9 Breaths)

    Just observe the breath, and the thoughts will settle down on their own. They will lose power. The patterns of thinking will gradually lose energy, when you don´t feed them your consciousness. Don´t feed the mind. You are using concentration on the breath, to divert the energy away from the mind patterns. 

    (9 Breaths)

    The breath can move unconsciously, when it is not observed. Or, it can move consciously. Notice if the breath changes when you put your attention on it. Notice any subtle change, when you bring consciousness to your breath. Conscious breath is Pranic breath. It is alive breath. 

    (16 Breaths)

    When you focus continuously on the breath, your inner energy might begin to increase. This may generate friction, or some uncomfortableness. It may increase whatever patterns are in play. You may experience friction between your intention to stay with the breath, and the old patterns of the mind. This friction may make you want to move, to interrupt the meditation process. But know that this friction is integral to meditation. It is the friction that creates the fire that burns up the self. It is the alchemy that transmutes the duality of your pain and pleasure, into Samadhi. 

    (9 Breaths)

    Always be surrendering. Always be present.

    (12 Breaths)

    Let the breath anchor you in the now. Let the breath ground you.

    (12 Breaths)

    If you want to gain mastery over the mind, master the breath.

    (12 Breaths)

    There is only one breath, the breath that happens now. 

    (12 Breaths)

    Let the breath take you deep into your being. Dive deep into the ocean of breath,of inner energy, into the pranic stream. 

    (16 Breaths)

    If your mind has wandered, if some thought has interrupted the continuous awareness of the breath, the moment you notice it, you will actually be back at the breath. There is actually no doing, when you return to the breath. You don´t do anything to return to the breath. You are simply noticing what the mind is already doing, and letting it go.

    (16 Breaths)

    The breath is profound, mysterious, but we take it for granted. We don´t really inhabit the breath.We don´t really feel the breath. Like most things, we perceive only our thoughts about it, not the breath itself. 

    (24 Breaths)

    Concentration and deep surrender.

    (33 Breaths)

    These are the two dimensions of meditation. Be patient, focused, remain aware, remain equanimous(calm & compose), relaxing, present.

    (69 Breaths)

  30. I found myself, as I have so many times, on a plateau, my spiritual journey stalled once again. I was falling back to sleep and doubting myself. I was asking for my next step. Then the universe brought me to your movies, and I can continue once again. I have to get up before everyone else in the house to practice, but it will be a pleasure. Thank you.

  31. No joke that part whete you said something about wanting to interrupt the meditation was so important to me, i can't express my gratitude for you words. I had massive problems in the past months with having such a desire to move sometimes i felt like if i won't move i'll go crazy, but where you said that it's a sign of progress (at least thats what i understood) it was such a relief. Thank you so much for this , Ami Toufo.

  32. Ended up getting good rest and became completely awake by the end. Thanks obama

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  34. The irony of people turning on a computer, navigating the web to Youtube, then enjoying a video of a still picture and mostly silence. One doesn't usually wade into an environment of noise and distraction to find silence and peace.

  35. If only the collective souls here could unite on earth!! What if THIS became the “church” of Aquarius!!??? 💚☀️💚

  36. Is it ok to do parts of this and not finish. I am just beginning and did 34 min with pretty good presence, then 18 min another night. I will keep practicing to get to the hour. It’s ok to build up ?

  37. Wow, thank you for this guided meditation. This was the first time I meditated for an hour, better yet, I didn't even realize I was already 13 mins into the 2nd guide. There was a moment when I completely forgot where in my room I was meditating. My breath was like the waves of the ocean, with it crashing and covering the sand with every exhale. I'm going to refer back to this guide a few more times.

    Enjoy a wonderful life 🙂

  38. 29 min.. learning to use little tickles, twinges, small burning under skin to increase focus and alertness. Thanking them when they arise.

  39. EXCELLENT!!! By far THE best guided meditation I've ever heard! No cheezy music, the production quality is superb and the instructor is great, saying all the perfect things at the perfect time! Thank you!

  40. You guys are great! If you need any funding, don’t hesitate to ask! I’d love to invest in your channel!

  41. Thank you. As a result of doing this meditation, I was able to go back to the age of about 6 or 7 years old when I knew exactly who and what I wanted to be. I was able to speak to my inner child and heal myself from all of the past hurts. It was so powerful. I didn’t want to come out of that state of meditation.

  42. I followed this guided meditation before going to bed, I felt peaceful when I was doing it, but when I finished and went to bed, my mind was full of all kinds of thoughts and I couldn't sleep. However, after a few hours, the thoughts seem to stop, and then a sense of joy followed, and I feel so thankful. Does this a process of clarification?

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