Why the breath?

As we breathe the sensations that are experienced can be used as the basis for concentration in meditation. It is not the only possible ‘object of concentration.’ There are other practices that use for example: metta, a mantra or a coloured disc. On Monday night we started talking about why the breath is a good focus to use. Here are some possible answers:-
The breath is internal so draws us inwards
The breath is always present
The breath is very linked to us being alive (no breath, no life)
The air we breathe is shared so links us
The breath is always changing so is interesting and connects us with a sense of change
The quality of the breath is intimately linked to our emotional/mental/energetic state

Best wishes

Nandaketu and David

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