Breath Focus B

Breath Focus B is part of the FitMind Meditation Program. “To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds.” - Thich Nhat Hanh.

Breath Focus B: Why Focus on the Breath?

There are a few additional reasons that many meditation practices center around the breath:

  • Breath can help you experience things on a more subtle level, since observing it requires a certain level of awareness.
  • Focusing on the sensations of breath takes you out of your “narrating mind” and into your physical body. In this way, creating a relationship with the breath tunes you into your inner world.
  • The breath makes for a great object of focus in meditation because it appears in fixed locations in the body but is also constantly moving.
  • It can anchor you in the present moment.
  • The breath can prevent you from falling asleep.
  • In the later stages of meditation, close observation of the breath can lead to insights about the nature of reality due to its transitory and simultaneously automatic/autonomic quality.

Mastery is in the details, and breath will be the platform on which you build your entire meditation process.

Liam McClintock

About FitMind Founder

Liam received a B.A. from Yale and worked in finance before traveling to Asia to study meditation full-time. He was diagnosed with OCD and ADHD as a child and overcame these disorders primarily using his meditation training.

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