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Breath for Addictions


Some of you have written in asking for a breathing exercise to teach those who are addicted.
I am proud of everyone who teaches others without judgment.
This meditation can strengthen your mind and focus your heart.

Concentrate on your breathing.
Try to relax as you focus on the breath coming in and out of your nostrils.
Try to slow down the breath as your body calms.
Do not force anything; it will happen.
Imagine you are in a sunny garden with the sun warming your body.
Take a deep breath, make a fist with both hands, and tighten all of your muscles.
Let the breath out with a great force, and relax again.
Do this three times.

Watch your breathing; let it return to normal as you become a witness.
Breathe in and out of your belly, feeling the fire in your belly.
Picture all of your stress going into the fire in your belly.
Visualize all your addictions, one by one, going into the fire in your belly.
Use your addictions to fuel the fire.
Feel the addictions go up out of your nostrils on the next out-breath in a wave of smoke.
Breathe in pure, white light into the pit of your belly, and let out any dark smoke.

Keep doing this for approximately four breaths, until the out-breath is clear.
Then just sit quietly, and feel a new freedom in your body and your mind.
As you concentrate on your heart center, fill up with your own pure love.
This meditation is very deep; with practice it can keep you focused on all that is good.

Ma Jaya
Kashi Ashram


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