The word “Anapanasati ” in Pali language means to direct one’s attention and awareness only on one’s normal, natural breathing process.
In “Anapanasati “, attention of the mind should constantly be on the normal, natural breath. The task on hand is effortful, joyful oneness with the breath. No ” mantra ” is to be chanted.. no form of ‘ deity ‘ is to be entertained in the mind.. no hathayogic pranayama like ‘ kumbhaka ‘.. holding the breath.. should be attempted.
Any comfortable sitting posture can be taken. The posture should be as comfortable as possible. It is not at all necessary that we should squat on the ground. You can perfectly prefer a comfortable sofa. However, hands should be clasped and all fingers should go into all fingers. And the feet should be crossed and the eyes should be closed.
The crux of the matter is to resist .. to the best of our abilities .. the routine wasteful worldly wanderings of the mind .. and bring the attention of the mind constantly back to the breath. All stray, useless thoughts should be cut right away, as and when they keep arising. The bottom line is to be with the breath always.
” SPIRITUAL HEALTH is the ‘ ROOT ‘ .. and .. PHYSICAL HEALTH is the ‘ FRUIT ‘ “
“When we are with the breath-energy, the rubbish mind becomes rather empty. Then there is a tremendous in-flow of cosmic energy into the physical system. Gradually, the hitherto dormant third-eye begins to become activated. And, by and by, cosmic third-eye consciousness gets to be experienced.” ~ BRAHMARSHI PATRIJI