My E response to someone who thought their mind’s focusing on other things than breathing were intrusions.
Â Â Glad you’re doing the practice … Â “Intrusions” are not to be avoided – they’re simply the way our brain works – signs of life. Â Our minds jump around like an active monkey. Â Counting breaths can at first be useful, and when you lose count simply go back to one.
Â Â There is No goal in experiencing the process of breath awareness and breath regulation, except intentionally experiencing the process of breathing. Â One might know how much one needs a daily practice of meditation by how distressing “intrusions” are. Â They will eventually become less and less distressing, simply natural ripples in the pond.
Â Â Please continue to have “intrusions” [or else be dead], practicing accepting them. Â Just notice where your mind went as you gently and compassionately return your conscious focus to your breathing. Â Â Dr Bob