Beginning Practice: Mindfulness of Breath
Body and breath are the foundation of our being, the basis for relaxation and meditation.
Observe the flow of the breath. The breath is entering and leaving the body. Eventually it will find its own natural rhythm just by being still. Don’t evaluate or report: just notice.
Notice if the breath is shallow or deep, how deeply it moves into the chest, and the way the diaphragm is moving to accommodate the flow of air.When energy flows smoothly through the body, through the vital organs and chakras, you feel energized and alert; the mind is clear, nerves are poised for transmitting signals, and muscles are ready for movement. The mind also responds and becomes more tranquil and cooperative. As thoughts become less impulsive and demanding, you can sustain focus and concentration and direct your energy in a more open, relaxed manner. Witness the flow of the breath.