This is part of a blog series, below are the links to all of the blogs in this series in order.
With devotion seeded in the heart and mind, we are now ready to work with the breath. We begin cultivating an awareness of the more subtle qualities of the breath, resisting the urge to judge or alter it. Emphasis is on developing a “witnessing presence” of the breath. We call this practice breath awareness. This simple yet powerful approach begins the process of unraveling tensions in the breath. We then progress to attending to the flow of the breath, modifying it in a manner that is in the flow of its natural rhythms. This approach deepens the release of tensions in the breath, restoring the breath to its natural resilient state. In restoring the resiliency of our natural breath, we also awaken the innate intelligence of the breath. As our breath becomes more free and uninhibited, the innate breath engages more fully, guiding us upon an inner journey of healing, transformation, and awakening.
As this stage of the session deepens, we become more and more attune to a still point in the breath. This is a signal to release all influence upon the breath and transition into a time of stillness meditation, the fourth stage...coming up in our next blog..