When I focus on my breathing, I first feel where my breathing is in my body. Is it in my chest, is it in my belly? Are the breaths shallow or strong, short or long, are they fluent or are there hesitations? Then I start to count my breathes. Sometimes I count 1-2-3-4-5 on an inhale and 1-2-3-4-5 on an exhale. Sometimes I count inhale 1, exhale 2, inhale 3, exhale 4, up to 10 and then I start again.
When I am focusing on my breathing, my mind is in the present moment. When I am truly in the present moment, it is a perfect moment. Everything is okay. I have no regrets, no shame, no guilt, no anger or sadness (because they are related to the past) and I have no worries, anxiety, neither am I feeling bored, stressed or annoyed (because they all are about things to happen in the future). In the present moment I am sitting comfortably, I am alive because I am breathing and everything is as it should be.
This sounds not too difficult, does it?
1. Find your breathe
2. Examine your breathe
3. Count your breaths, or count the lengths of your breaths
Yet is is difficult.
It is a lifelong practice. I have to practice daily. To find excuses why I cannot practice, that is easy.