The breath, or the energy that moves in and out of your body with every inhalation and exhalation, is a powerful place to begin to be more mindful.
You may have heard the instruction to “follow the breath.” This is what we call “mindfulness of breathing.” When we “feel the breath” with awareness, we notice the physical sensations that accompany breathing, either on the surface of the body or inside the body.
The breath with awareness can be used for a variety of reasons. It can be used to calm the mind. It can be used to focus attention on the present moment.
It can be used to calm the body. The breath is a way to anchor yourself to the present moment.
Breath awareness is a practice where you pay attention to the breath and the sensations of the body at a certain moment in time. One technique that I often use is to place the awareness on the inhalation and exhalation for a few breaths.
Each time you breathe in, you should observe the sensations of the breath. You should feel the rise and fall of your chest. You should feel the air enter your nose and mouth. You should feel the air going deep into your body, down into your lungs. As you breathe out, you should feel the air leaving your body. You should feel the relief of the air leaving your lungs.