Tranquilizing the Breath-Body Process

Here are the notes I prepared for the dhamma dialogue .mp3 file which is posted next: “Calming The Breath Body”.  The next posting after that is an .mp3 recording “Guided Calming The Breath Body Meditation”.  I hope they are useful for your practice of anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing).

I’ve already explored in a previous posted essay “acquiring the breath”, the ability to bring attention to the breath (vitakka) and sustain active interest (vicara) in the changing sensations during the breath cycle. This essay will explore how to make use of the suggestions in the Anapanasati Sutta to promote deeper physical relaxation and emotional tranquility while still maintaining and even increasing alert inner awareness.