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May 26, 2010

Be grateful for every breath.

Samantha Graham wrote to me today because I was down about the death last week and funeral tomorrow of a loved one, and how grateful I am to be alive. Sam texted:

Be grateful for every breath you take!

The yogic breath … when you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth … in Sanskrit is ‘ham sa‘ … which literally means ‘that I am‘ …


Breathe deeply, with cleansing, soothing breaths…

When I say “that I am”, I hear “be here now“…

Sam continued:

In Sanskrit the meaning of Om is avati or raksati. It is used as a symbol that must be revisited to be learned.

Raksati means ‘one who protects, sustains‘.

Om is the name of the lord who is everything.

How do we connect with everything? We’ll see.


Jai guru deva om… 



By the way, this is the first posterous post I’ve composed entirely on the Sprint Evo phone. I wrote it sitting on a porch in southwestern Virginia where cell coverage is roamy but 3G coverage is decent! Thank you Sprint Evo. That it is. Beautiful.



  1. Breathing is like dancing on the inside:http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/there-are-shortcuts-to-happiness-and-dancing

    Comment by Anonymous — June 23, 2010 @ 9:25 am

  2. i was reading some sanskrit today (i knew you would enjoy my findings) and i came across the word "Antevasin", it means one who lives on the border. I am in love with this ancient language.Source: Samantha Grahamhttp://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=743670662&v=wall&story_fbid=447735280662&ref=mf

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

  3. A guide to meditation for the rest of us:http://lifehacker.com/5591576/a-guide-to-meditation-for-the-rest-of-us

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

  4. When we develop patience, we find that we develop a reserve of calm and tranquility. We tend to be less antagonistic and more pleasant to associate with. This creates a positive atmosphere around us and it is easy for others to relate to us. Better grounded emotionally through patience, we become stronger mentally and spiritually, and tend to be healthier physically. ~ The Dalai LamaSource: http://www.facebook.com/IndiaSummerspace?v=wall&story_fbid=145204682156763

    Comment by Anonymous — July 21, 2010 @ 12:22 am

  5. ???"santi" [sh^aanti] means peaceSource: Samantha Grahamhttp://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500040414&v=wall&story_fbid=419875580414

    Comment by Anonymous — August 20, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

  6. Samantha Graham says that the greatest meditation is a mind that learns to let go.Source: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=124653387588292&id=743670662

    Comment by Anonymous — October 14, 2010 @ 7:05 am

  7. Do tonglen on the spot. Simply breathe in and breathe out.Thank you, Jordan Grader: http://www.jordangrader.com/post/1256534197/reconciling-gratitude-with-suffering-with-tonglen

    Comment by Anonymous — October 25, 2010 @ 4:08 am

  8. How do you deal with fear of dying?My answer: http://www.quora.com/How-do-you-deal-with-the-fear-of-dying/answer/Adam-Rifkin

    Comment by Anonymous — February 20, 2011 @ 5:32 am

  9. You give but little when you give of your possessions.It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.~ Khalil Gibran

    Comment by Anonymous — February 20, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

  10. What do you want meaning for? Life is desire, not meaning!~ Charlie Chaplin

    Comment by Anonymous — April 4, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

  11. The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity answered, ???Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.???https://plus.google.com/107540638333054762391/posts/bCZ9s7CmhvM

    Comment by Anonymous — August 31, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

  12. Just keep breathing, baby. It’s that simple. ~ True Blood, "And When I Die"http://twitter.com/ifindkarma/status/119819328970424320

    Comment by Anonymous — October 1, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  13. 4 in, 7 hold, 8 out:1. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.2. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.3. Hold your breath for a count of seven.4. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.5. This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00521/three-breathing-exercises.html

    Comment by Anonymous — October 31, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

  14. I took a deep breath and let it go.http://ifindkarma.tumblr.com/post/13854232275/i-took-a-deep-breath-and-let-it-go

    Comment by Anonymous — December 7, 2011 @ 2:28 am

  15. ???Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens and response is something we can choose.??? – Maureen Killoranhttp://twitter.com/ireneau/status/144554909767958529

    Comment by Anonymous — December 7, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

  16. Just breathe.http://ifindkarma.tumblr.com/post/14186912044/just-breathe

    Comment by Anonymous — December 13, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

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