Worried about the future? Obsessing about the past? Fearful of how things might turn out? Feeling bad about making mistakes or failing to accomplish some goal? Angry about some injustice inflicted upon you?
There’s a quick way to get out of these vicious emotional cycles.
I like to call it living “One Breath at a Time.”
Not living “one day at a time.”
Not living in “day tight compartments.”
It’s living one breath at a time AS you live one day at a time – or as you focus on goals you want in the future.
It’s a very simple process. It really is.
But simple is often made complicated and difficult.
Because it’s hard to trim away the fat and get to the bone and sinew of what makes something work.
Give someone a simple formula for anything, then watch the person try to add his own twist to the matter. Simple now has
Simple is good – and if you want to repeat something good, keep it simple.
Show me simplicity and I’ll show you focused, deliberate power. Show me something complicated and we’ll see confusion.
Truth is you only get one breath at a time. You don’t get two at a time. You don’t get three or more.
You don’t get to hang on to yesterday’s breath and you cannot prepare for tomorrow’s. You can only take one breath at a time – so why not do your best to live that way?
Sakai Yusai, the late Tendai Buddhist marathon monk – whom I wrote about in Expect to Win – Hate to Lose, told me how he accomplished the grueling 100 Days of Non-Stop Walking feat.
Huh? 100 days of non-stop walking? That’s right. Walking for 100 days straight without sleep, without sitting and without lying down.
He was allowed to eat – but could not sit as he did so. Instead, he could lean against a pole until he finished his meal. And as soon as he finished, he went back to walking.
Any Tendai monk who is given this seemingly impossible task, walks in-doors, in a special room, for 100 days.
Sakai Yusai said that the feat was very difficult the first two days. He didn’t believe he could make it. His mind was filled with worry and self-doubt.
Then he tapped into the power of his breathing. He focused on nothing but his breath. After he did this, the Master said the rest of the feat was “EASY.”
Wait a moment. Let me get this straight. The first two days were pure agony, but the next 98 were EASY because you found a way to breathe?
That’s right. That’s what he told me.
There’s a reason the Japanese proclaimed Sakai Yusai a “Living Buddha.”
I was fortunate to meet him in Japan, at his home, in 2007. I was fortunate yet again to have him come to the U.S. to visit me and take part in a seminar I held in 2008.
“Live every day as if it is your whole life,” he said. When I asked for him to elaborate on that one, he said that you wouldn’t think of putting on yesterday’s dirty socks to wear again today. So why bring yesterday’s trauma into today? You have a whole new life. Everyday. Remember the good times and bring those with you – but leave the negative past behind. Breathe it away.
I’m so fired up about this subject that I’m going to hold a bonus teleseminar for everyone who gets the NEW Theatre of the Mind package – and I’m going to have this teleseminar next week. Details to follow.
If you’ve already ordered your copy of the NEW Theatre of the Mind – (not the solo DVD that was offered a year ago), you can include yourself in this bonus offering. If you haven’t gotten it yet – there’s still time.
Be one of the next 138 people to order and I’ll include you in the bonus teleseminar.
Jump on this NOW, my friend. It’s going to be AWESOME.