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.
Author: Daniel Scharpenburg
Daniel is the founder and teacher in Fountain City Meditation, a floating meditation community in Kansas City. Daniel is Zen Priest and Meditation Teacher. He is affiliated with the Dharma Winds Tradition, where he ordained in 2018. Daniel is a co-owner of the website The Tattooed Buddha and he has a weekly podcast called Scharpening the Mind. View All Posts