Focused and Fearless: Shaila Catherine; the Breath

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“When the breath is used to develop mindfulness, emphasis is placed on clear perception of changing sensations through the full duration of an inhale and exhale.
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With tremendous precision, the meditator experiences a multitude of fleeting sensations: tingles, vibrations, pressure, heat, for instance.
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Pressure may increase or decrease. Pulsing may vary in rhythm. The intensity of heat or cold may fluctuate.
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This meticulous sensitivity to physical variations brings the mind to a state of exquisite clarity that allows you to see the impermanent and empty nature of phenomena and witness the relationship between the mind and body.
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You can observe how sights and smells can trigger vivid memories, how intentions affect physical movements, and how emotions manifest in the body.
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As the momentum of mindfulness increases, concentration correspondingly strengthens.
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The concentration that develops through a continuity of mindfulness with changing objects is called “momentary concentration.”
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The mind momentarily collects, but then it disperses as the flow of sensory experiences ebbs and alters.
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Thinking can arise, but the thoughts do not diminish the concentrated state.
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Mindfulness inhibits proliferations of thought because it meets the experience of thinking immediately.
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The content of thought relates only to the phenomena at hand.
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