Why do you think we choose the breath
as an object of attention?
The breath is an ideal focus of attention because
it's so very personal. It’s the functioning
of our body and joining our body functioning with
our mind by paying attention to it.
The word spiritual comes from the latin spirare
As someone said: “The secret of life is breath.” It’s
not such a secret if you pay attention to it.
The breath is also a good focus of
awareness because of its transience. Each moment
of each breath is different from the one before and
the one after. And when we’re learning to pay
attention in a mindful and sustained way, following
the breath is an excellent opportunity to lose track
of what we’re doing and to catch ourselves
and to return to the process of body and mind working
in harmony as one.
Simply paying close attention is the key to this
practice. Carefully. Meticulously. Mindfully.