Breath as the seat of consciousness, life and relaxation: The Path towards our Meditation Journey

20 March 2018, 18h15:
Autumn Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere

Today is the autumn equinox – it is the day of the year where the hours of light and night are equal for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. In the south we are experiencing a slowing of the season as we move to winter, whereas our Northern counterpart is experiencing a quickening as they more towards summer.

The autumn equinox is connected to the element of Air. Air and water constitute the main elements for life, which are the main fuels for many enzymatic and chemical reactions in both free-living cells (bacteria), and to those of our body (multi-cellular organisms). When we experience upsetting or stressful situations we forget to breathe through it, instead our breaths become short and rapid (shadow aspect) – much like those of a panic attack. However, we should realize that taking deep breaths and experiencing the event fully results in less perceived stress and, that suddenly, a myriad of solutions present themselves (light aspect). Thus, this leads to our main theme of today’s article.




Breath is the essence of life, where air is just as important as water for the maintenance of life. The ancient Greeks believed that the seat of the mind 1 to be at the diaphragm and was intimately connected to breathing. This concept was understood by other ancient cultures, such as the Tibetans and Native Americans, who had no contact with one another yet somehow they managed to each develop breathing techniques to ‘access’, ‘temper’ and ‘relax’ the mind. Here is where meditation comes in as a direct connection between our mental chatter, our emotional response and bodily stress relief. Once you understand the connection between breath and human experience, you realize that meditation becomes the most important skill for all of us to take up.


Phren – Greek root for:
1 Mind,

2 Diaphragm.


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Meditation is a skill, and like any other skill: you can learn and gain proficiency with practice, patience and time. Thus, its purpose here is not to obtain nirvana nor enlightenment, although some wisps of insight and wisdom do treacle in, but the main objective for meditation is to teach you how to commune with your mind in a more-rather-than-less controlled fashion (ultimate control is a delusion), how to respond emotionally to any situation and how to harness your breath as a means of an easily accessible and free source of instant relaxation. All of this comes with practice and many fall off the meditation path long before they reach this point. Thus, you must view meditation as a journey not an end destination. However, there are key ‘milestones’ that you do reach with regular practice.


Regular Meditation: refers to 20 minutes of meditation every day (start with 1-2 minutes and work your way up, divide it into session – like morning, afternoon and bedtime sessions divided into 5, 5 and 10 minutes for instance). The 20-minutes-a-day routine (preferably in one go) is recommended so that you can receive as much of the benefits of meditation with the minimum amount of time spent…


The milestones you reach during your journey stay with you and strengthen as they become re-enforced with constant practice. The benefits you reach do not fade and their impact becomes more and more noticeable as you continue on your journey. There are lots of benefits to meditation, all of which I am not going to list here (but, see Giovanni’s Infographic).

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Rather, I want to focus on the more obscure or subtle milestones, which build up as you gain momentum during your journey. Some of the milestones in the meditation journey includes:

  1. More positive outlook and perception of life in general: You start to feel better as your emotions become less turbulent and volatile. Also you start to perceive things with more compassion, patience and objectivity. It starts with little daily occurrences, like small irritants, such as the neighbours dogs barking during the night or someone forgetting to put the milk back in the fridge… these things simply don’t “get” to you anymore. It’d say that this begins quite early, at ~ 3 months, once you have reached the 20 minute a day mark.
  2. Reduction and eventual elimination of mental chatter: That constant white noise you experience – however mental discourse with yourself remains – but it is a bit clearer since the background noise is gone. This happens fairly soon during your meditation journey, around about the 6 month mark (once you have reached the 20 minute a day).
  3. Remembering to turn inward and using your breath to steady yourself and gain focus during stressful events: This technique is available immediately, but you seem to forget about it during the heat of the moment when emotions are boiling over. Once your emotions start to mellow and you are more aware of when they start to simmer, remembering to use your breath as a grounding source becomes more obvious until it is second nature. My guesstimate would be that this happens when you’ve been meditating for about a year.
  4. You become medication independent: I used to be on clamatives and sleep medication. I started to gradually reduce the medication when I started meditation. Taking half doses a day, one tablet every second day, one a week, one when I really needed it until you realize that you haven’t touched a pill for several weeks! After about a year of weaning myself off of meds – I was calmative and sleep-medication free! The time it takes for one to become free of sleep medication or anti-depressants depends on the severity of your ‘perceived’ anxiety or stress (yes, you do perceive your stress as far worse than it truly is – it’s hard to accept, but it is the truth) and how determined you are to stay on the meditation path. Reclaiming your independence from medication through meditation is a true gem and not only does it boost your confidence (I can do this, all by myself!), but you save on loads of emotional and financial burdens. This in turn makes for a healthier and happier you!


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Keeping the meditation momentum during your journey can be challenging. I suggest that when you start to feel that meditation becomes more of a chore than a virtue – then you should mix it up: change your meditation routine (do a walking meditation instead), use new techniques, add music to your sessions, try new focus tools or even rope in some aromatherapy essential oils. Get creative, be open-minded and even try a meditation course! [For those interested: Here is a very good starting point for your meditation pathway regardless of the initial intention of this stress therapy – Living Within the Window of Tolerance].


meditation, Dalai Lama


I truly believe that all of us should view meditation as one of those essential life skills, such as cooking, gardening and creative expression. Automatically we all become more compassionate, patient and less prone to falling in the trap of the being too busy to care about others and about ourselves. Meditation makes such a difference to the way in which we perceive our world, ourselves and each other.


Picture References: Pixabay Free Images

Grass field – zsuzsannapetrovszki

River in the fog – Didgeman

Broom – LV11

Tibetan Monk – 4144132


Acceptance of the Authentic Self & Letting Go of Restrictive Dualistic Thinking

22 September 2017, 22h02:

Spring Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere


Today is the spring equinox – it is the day of the year where the hours of darkness and daylight are equal for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Countries in the south are experiencing a quickening as we witness the coming of spring with renewal and rebirth from the earth.

The spring equinox is aligned with Earth, a solid and comforting mass beneath our feet. The soil harbours the most abundant life on earth (the microbes!) and through working in harmony it provides nutrition that sustains all life. If we start to cultivate our souls as we cultivate the soil we will be able to renew our perspectives and live according to our most authentic selves. We are gifted with choice, which comes at a price. When our own earth becomes unmovable, shutting out parts of our psyche; it can bring spiritual dis-ease (shadow aspect). When we cultivate acceptance of every facet of our being we grow and unlock truth, happiness and harmony for ourselves and ultimately for others (light aspect). Thus, this leads to the main theme of today’s article.




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Yin and Yang:
To the dualistic mind, this seems to be a representation of opposition, but to the mind free from dualistic thinking it symbolises harmony – one side is a function of the other and working in tandem they create peace.


From the moment we are able to process information in an intelligible way, we become conditioned with dualistic thinking: Good vs. Bad, Happy vs. Sad, Black vs. White, Wrong vs. Right, Past vs. Future, Negative vs. Positive, Matter vs. Spirit, Psyche vs. Physical,  Mind vs. Body, Wave vs. Particle, and the list goes on. Yet what we do not realise is that there is a lot of falsehood in this way of thinking and that it not only restricts our opinions, tolerances and ideas – but it causes spiritual dis-ease, which manifests as physical illness and aberrant behaviours. For instance, many of us are conditioned either by society, our parents, and the community at large or even religion that the expression of emotion equals weakness (especially by men) and that crying is only reserved for hysterical women. This leads to us locking up the flow of our emotions (originating from the sacral chakra) within an unmovable cage. They become swallowed within our most basic element, the earth (at the root chakra). This is unnatural and blocks the flow of energy within the body (and ultimately to the spirit). In the dark, cold earth our emotions start to fester, they become a septic wound – much like the symbolic imagery of the Moon card from the RWS tarot. As the emotions twist and churn within this place they build up pressure and then finally one day we ‘lose it’ in either a fury of rage, falling into a depressive state of shame or become petrified with fear. This ‘break down’ further reinforces our belief that emotions are bad and must be controlled with an iron fist. So the cycle of dis-ease continues, likely leading to more physical problems such as the additions to drugs, alcohol or even food.


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Another example would be the belief that everything must be categorised – a view-point that comes from our materialistic or physical world, since labelling thinks makes it easier to comprehend our world. But this leads to other problems, when we start to place labels upon things that are not wholly physical (such as living beings, including humans). This leads to an ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality where groups deny each other basic rights and privileges based on trivial things such as financial status (poor vs. rich), religious affiliation, intelligence or ethnic background. It breeds judgemental, intolerant and non-compassionate behaviour towards ourselves, other people and even other living things, such as plant and animals. It cultivates hate within the soil of our soul’s foundation and the results is that your heart (chakra) turns to stone. Unable to realise our own hate for another being by looking at the world through dualistic lenses, we become deluded as the third eye becomes turbid with self-generated and synthetic falsehoods. We no more see a problem in discriminating against one another; our society becomes ill as our spirits fall into dis-ease. It manifests itself in society as crime, road rage, bureaucratic tick boxes based on age, gender and race. We begin to allow or deny each other benefits (or even manners and decency) based on this restrictive thinking. This only serves to cultivate more hatred and ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality. An escalating spiral of violence in all its forms, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual against ourselves and each other.


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Breaking this cycle is not easy, there is much resistance, because it suits some people to stay in this place. Others find it comfortable, because it is a conditioned and familiar environment (even if it doesn’t serve them). Therefore, many people may never see past the illusions that we create for ourselves or see the problem with the boxes that we create around our ideas and emotions. The bad is locked up in an attempt to only experience the good, when in actual fact nothing is neither good nor bad it is only our judgement that deems it so. It is also because we do not allow ourselves to live in the present enough, to fully embrace the moment and life as it is now, regardless of where we are on our journey. We are always guilty because of past behaviour or angry about past transgressions inflicted upon us directly or indirectly. We worry about the future, trying to control every stone we find upon our life’s path. I suggest this: instead of focusing all our energy and wasting our lives on these distractions, merely noise that only serves to prevent us all from reaching our potential, we must start to cultivate acceptance and mindfulness in our soul’s earthly foundation.


meditation, Dalai Lama


Therefore, lifting the lenses of dualistic thinking is greatly advantageous to us as a society. We should also learn that emotions are neither good nor bad, it is clinging to them that enslaves us, but momentary expressions are part of simply being present, being human and experiencing life in all its aspects. Also, when we stop thinking about one another as different and opposing teams, genders, ages, skin colour or even countries – we will experience a true sense of freedom and start to achieve miraculous things that we would not have deemed possible before. We simply are not in opposition with one another, because we are all of the same spirit. Similar to my left and right hand not being in opposition with one another, since they both are an unique extension of me and when they work together in harmony, I am able to achieve, create and grow as a person – just as life requires both day and night as a function of light in order to prosper. We must learn to view each other as equal physical extensions of the same spirit, each unique and independent. Obviously working together will have some challenges, but we are creative and intelligent beings – I am sure we can figure it out, much like we figured out how to cultivate the earth in order to sow and harvest food even when unpredictable factors influence the process (such as mother nature’s whim). Cultivation of the soul I believe is the true purpose of human life on earth. By being present within your own life (not comparing it to others, the past or future) we learn to accept ourselves in all our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual identities as well as accepting where we are on our journey. This leads to harmony of the spirit and true lasting happiness of the soul.


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“This quantum view of a holistic reality is in perfect agreement with one of Jung’s most important seminal ideas; that is, the archetypal idea of Unus Mundus, which Jung [27] and Marie-Louise von Franz [28] derived from characteristic medieval views of the world. In Jung’s words:
“Undoubtedly the idea of the Unus Mundus is founded on the assumption that the multiplicity of the empirical world rests on an underlying unity, and that not two or more fundamentally different worlds exist side by side or are mingled with one another. Rather, everything divided and different belongs to one and the same world, which is not the world of sense.” ([27], para. 767).
Ontologically, this archetype means that there is a reality that must be united, “apparently” divided, opposed, but beyond the illusion of matter, it is One. The reader will note the agreement of Jung’s views with the quantum view of the world…”

– Ponte, D. V. and Schäfer L. 2013


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Rejection of the authentic self leads to falsehoods of the soul, as we are locked in an illusionary life. Cultivation of acceptance and letting go of old conditioning takes great effort and dedication, but establishing new and balanced perceptions leads to personal growth. We find peace, because we start to view reality as it truly is and not as we deem it to be.


– Cultivating My Soul –
All Natural Spirit


Recommended Reading:

  1. 93 Percent Stardust by Nakita Gill on Behance.
  2. Why the Dalai Lama is wrong to think meditation will eliminate violence.
  3. Kerr, L. K. 2013. Definition: Synchronicity, Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. pp1-4, edited by Thomas Teo. Springer. Open Access
  4. Ponte, D. V. and Schäfer L. 2013. Carl Gustav Jung, Quantum Physics and the Spiritual Mind: A Mystical Vision of the Twenty-First Century. Behavioral sciences 3:601-618. doi:10.3390/bs3040601. Open Access – This is a really good article (abstract below)!

Abstract: We describe similarities in the ontology of quantum physics and of Carl Gustav Jung’s psychology. In spite of the fact that physics and psychology are usually considered as unrelated, in the last century, both of these disciplines have led at the same time to revolutionary changes in the Western understanding of the cosmic order, discovering a non-empirical realm of the universe that doesn’t consist of material things but of forms. These forms are real, even though they are invisible, because they have the potential to appear in the empirical world and act in it. We present arguments that force us to believe, that the empirical world is an emanation out of a cosmic realm of potentiality, whose forms can appear as physical structures in the external world and as archetypal concepts in our mind. Accordingly, the evolution of life now appears no longer as a process of the adaptation of species to their environment, but as the adaptation of minds to increasingly complex forms that exist in the cosmic potentiality. The cosmic connection means that the human mind is a mystical mind.”




Carina Nebula (Cosmic Potentiality) – spirit111 @ pixabay

1st Yin and Yang – johnhain @ pixabay

2nd Yin and Yang – lebensmittelfotos @ pixabay

RWS Moon Card – Wikipedia (PD domain)

Tibetan Monk – 4144132 @ pixabay

Lady of Stars – Larisa Koshkina @ pdpictures


Oracle Card Spread:

Elder Futhark Travel Runes by TheCatHatter (AKA All Natural Spirit),

WaterDrop Oracle by Nicole Hanna, Points of Five Tarot,

Oracle Bone Script Divination Cards by Benebell Wen.


Meditation Infographic #5: Daily Walking Meditation

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Tips on How to Meditate:

Here is an infographic on how to do a daily walking meditation. Daily walking meditations, especially during the week outside in a garden or natural environment assists with refreshing the mind, providing a break to daily schedule and promoting well-being. It is a flexible tool that can be done anytime and will fit into any busy schedule plus it increases overall productivity!


Tip: Hold onto your mala beads or other focus tool during your walking meditation to keep your hands from fidgeting!


Public Domain photo credit: George Hodan.


-Good Vibes-

All Natural Spirit