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Mindfulness of Breath

Meg Levie | 5:41

Mindfulness of Breath is the foundational practice of traditional mindfulness meditation. It is the principal instrument of informal practices aimed at calming, centering, acceptance, and overcoming mental challenges - and is the entry point for Buddhist formal practices and insight meditation. 


Breath Meditation is a simple four-step process: (1) Focus all of your attention on the sensation of your breath as it passes through your nostrils, or the rise and fall of your chest or belly - (2) Within 5 to 7 seconds you will be distracted by thoughts that rise naturally into your consciousness - (3) You will notice that you’ve been distracted, and so can (4) gently bring your attention back to your breath. 


Breath meditation reduces stress, anxiety, impatience, frustration, anger and aggression - As it strengthens neural circuits associated with awareness, attention and emotional control — the three superpowers of mindfulness.

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