The Mind Illuminated
The first goal is to clearly distinguish the in and out breaths and the pauses between with equal clarity.
- Note: you may find that you breath naturally change to accentuate parts of this cycle. If you did not intentionally cause this, accept it.
Next, try to identify as many individual sensations of the in and out breaths as possible.
- Strive to distinguish each sensation with the utmost clarity.
Maintain extrospective awareness (of the body & external stimuli). This prevents drowsiness and improves the mind’s ability to recognize distraction before it becomes complete/