Instructions on Counting the Breath
The instant you sit down to meditate, begin watching your breath. At first breathe normally, gradually letting your breathing slow down until it is quiet, even, and the lengths of the breaths fairly long. From the moment you sit down to the moment your breathing has become deep and silent, be conscious of everything that is happening in yourself...
Making your breath calm and even is called the method of following one's breath. If it seems hard at first, you can substitute the method of counting your breath.
- As you breathe in, count 1 in your mind, and as you breathe out, count 1.
- Breath in, count 2. Breath out, count 2.
- Continue through 10, then return to 1 again.