by Friends of Godwin
Make an effort to make friends with your breathing.
Just allow your body to breathe naturally, and focus your attention wherever you feel the sensation of the breath in your body.
When you are inhaling be aware, be conscious that you are inhaling; when you are exhaling just know, be aware, be conscious that you are exhaling. Be with this movement of the breath, just come back to it as an anchor.
It is natural that thoughts will arise while watching the breath – don’t try to push away thoughts, don’t try to control your thoughts. What you need to learn is just to gently let go the thoughts, to come back to the here and the now, come back to the present. Just be with what is happening.
Whatever state of mind that you experience – calm, feeling peaceful, or being restless – just be aware of the state of mind, whatever it is, without wanting it to be different from what it is. Focus more and more on the sensations that are arising. Breathing then becomes a part of the landscape.