Our breathing is the stable, solid ground that we can take refuge in. Regardless of our internal weather - our thoughts, emotions and perceptions - our breathing is always with us like a faithful friend. Whenever we feel carried away, caught in a strong emotion or scattered in worries and projects, we return to our breathing to collect and anchor our minds.
We feel the flow of air coming in and going out of our nose. We feel the natural lightness, the calm and peace of our breathing system. At any time while we are walking, gardening or typing we can return to this calm and peace.
We do not need to control our breath. We simply feel the breath as it actually is. It may be long or short, deep or shallow. With our awareness it will naturally become slower and deeper. Conscious breathing is the key to uniting body and mind and so bringing the act of mindfulness into each moment of our life.