Breath Focus A is part of the FitMind Meditation Program. “To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds.” - Thich Nhat Hanh.
Beyond the physiological impact of breathing, the primary reason for its importance in meditation is that it serves as the gateway to conscious self-control. While primal parts of your brain keep you breathing automatically throughout the day, your rational neocortex is also capable of taking control of the breath at will. Breathing is both automatic and autonomous, depending on whether you’re paying attention. So conscious breathing becomes a platform for gaining control of your mind-body system through meditation.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]