The Mindfulness of Breathing
In the first stage we count after each out breath, and at theÂ tenth breath we return to one and repeat our cycle. Our focusÂ is the breath, the counting should be light, just an aid to
concentration. If the mind wanders gently but firmly reset yourÂ attention on the breath and begin the count at one again.
Secondly we anticipate the breath, counting before each inÂ breath, as before up to ten returning whenever we notice thatÂ we have lost our concentration with the breath.
Thirdly we just breathe, and focus on the journey of the breathÂ through the body.
Fourthly we bring our awareness to the first point of contactÂ with the body. This could be the tip of the nose or the top of theÂ lip, it doesn’t matter where it is, just stay with your perception ofÂ this point. The experience becomes more refined likeÂ magnifying a picture and becoming aware of greater detailÂ and beauty…like snowflakes, crystals or a single dewdrop on aÂ dew covered tree. As we surrender more to more to theÂ actuality and presentness of our experience the breathÂ becomes like a river we are watching, a river which capturesÂ our heart. We become the breath more and more. It flowsÂ through us leading us to a world that is brighter clearer andÂ more alive!
We can carry on in this way and if it we feel it appropriateÂ we can let go of the counting altogether, just being luminouslyÂ aware of the breath. Conclude the practice by just sitting with
a broad awareness of yourself, reflecting on any changes inÂ your mental state. Preparing to re-engage mindfully with theÂ next part of your day.