Harmonious Awakening: Breathing & Consciousnesses Practices from Dennis Lewis
By Dennis Lewis
Welcome to this ongoing series of breathing and consciousness practices from Dennis Lewis,HarmoniousAwakening.com. Most of the new podcasts will be under 20 minutes long, and are meant to offer simple, enjoyable daily practices and guided sittings for deeper relaxation and presence, as well as stories and parables that can help transform your perspective. Be sure to subscribe! And don’t forget to check out his previous podcasts.
This sitting explores the relationship of thinking (through intentional counting), attention, and body sensation. And it continues the exploration of the freedom from habitual thoughts and reactive emotions that emerges when we are touch with a more-conscious and complete sensation of our body. If you haven’t yet worked with the first two guided sittings, I suggest you do so before beginning this one.
Will 2019 be a year filled with new impressions, perceptions, insights, and actions or a well-tread used year, filled with the same old thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and actions that keep our world in turmoil? Is there a practical, meaningful New Year’s resolution that can help transform our lives?
This sitting goes deeper into the levels of sensation and impressions possible when we sense our bodies more completely. And it continues the exploration of the freedom from habitual thoughts and reactive emotions that emerges when we are touch with this more-conscious and complete body sensation. If you haven’t yet worked with the first guided sitting, I suggest you do so for a few days before beginning this one.
This is the first of a series of sittings designed to help support the inward journey of awakening to who or what we truly are. This journey is no mere journey of the mind or imagination. It is rather a journey into the energetic dimensions of our own wholeness. It is through sittings such as the ones I offer here that we can begin to develop the inner attention necessary to see ourselves as we are, and can begin to understand how the conscious sensation of the body supports the expansion of consciousness in our lives.
Conscious relaxation has many benefits, but one that is often overlooked is its ability to help open us to harmonious impressions and perceptions of ‘what is”. Explore with Dennis Lewis some of the often unrecognized places in the human body where increased awareness can help bring about deep relaxation.
A quick, easy Qigong practice to do when you feel lethargic and out of sorts, or when you’ve been sitting too long at your computer. If you do it with attention, it will get you sensing and breathing again. It will get your energy moving and help you become more alive and alert.
From Dennis Lewis: "For my 65th birthday celebration, which took place in 2005, I wrote a poem about my life and presented it, along with some of my favorite poems, to those who gathered to celebrate with Dasha (my wife) and me in our former home in San Francisco.
My good friend and spiritual brother David Hykes–award-winning composer, singer, founder of Harmonic Chant, and long-time contemplative practitioner–traveled to be with us, and sang before, during, and after the readings. David’s singing was amazingly beautiful and especially relevant to the poems I read.
Besides my own poem, 'These Passing Years,' which ends the reading, these poems include 'Four Tao Philosophers,' by Robert Francis; 'What if You Slept,' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge; 'I Live My Life in Growing Orbits' and 'You See I Want a Lot,' by Rainer Maria Rilke; 'The Road Not Taken,' by Robert Frost; 'Are You Looking for Me?', by Kabir (translated by Stephen Mitchell); 'I Came Out Alone on My Way to My Tryst,' by R