One of the basic ways to settle both body and mind in meditation is to focus upon the breath. Master Hsing Yun, offers this concise explanation: "Rapid and short breathing signifies a flustered and unstable mind, and smooth breathing is indicative of a harmonized mind. Hence, the practice of counting breaths has always been emphasized repeatedly during meditation instruction. "
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