Concentrating on the Breath

Concentrating on the breath is achieved simply by being mindful of our breathing. Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out. Breathing in a long breath, I know that I am breathing in a long breath. It’s simply being aware that we are breathing and being mindful of our breath instead of getting distracted by discursive thinking. This is thought to be of great benefit because it helps us to be ardent, alert, and mindful. Training in mindfulness helps us overcome the fetters and calm mental and bodily fabrications.

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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher living in Kansas City. He gives online teachings through the Open Heart Project, the largest virtual mindfulness community in the world. His writing has appeared in Lion's Roar, Patheos, Tattooed Buddha, and Elephant Journal.

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