Fine tuning the focus
This is an ongoing series running through May to compliment the twice weekly meditation sessions that I will be hosting on YouTube (and are now archived on my YouTube page). If you have any questions, please contact me.
As your practice of watching the breath develops, you can start to use some subtleties to fine tune your focus.
Become aware of the temperature of the breath as it enters the nose and when it leaves the nose. Notice how the breath is cool when you breath in and warm when you breath out.
Become aware of the gap between the in breath and the out breath. There is that point where the breath turns from going in to going out. And there is that point where the breath turns again from going out to going in. As it moves from one direction to another there is a pause, a gap. Can you be aware of that point of turn? Can you be aware of the gap? It is like a suspension of the breath. You are not holding the breath, but as the change over happens for a moment nothing happens. There is simply awareness.
Try exploring these two techniques as your attention to the breath develops.