When the breath changes direction inside the lungs
Going up and out
And when it returns from outside the body
Going in and down
By means of these two turningpoints
This exercise is a bit like the first. Now it is suggested that we change the focus from the gap between two breaths to the dynamic turning point between two breaths. Notice the turningpoint wich is happening inside the lung after inhalation on the edge to an exhalation and the reverse turningpoint that happens outside the body after an exhalation on the way to breathe.
What is the advantage of this? you might ask.
If we look at Mihály Csíkszentmihályis Flow concept he describes flow as a state of consciousness that occurs when a man is completely immersed and filled with an energetic and yet subtle intention, to concentrate on a task. It is particularly simple tasks with many repetitions which are useful for inducing flow.
Needlework, mountaineering and meditation can be examples of such a kind of activity.
Flow is described as a state where we forget ourselves, our feelings, thoughts, time, place and space and are in an intense and sometimes joyous experience of being at the right place in the right way.
We cease to stand in the way of ourselves with disturbing thoughts and feelings. Our ability to focus sharpens. Clarity and intelligence develops. We calm down and begin to rest in ourselves – with pleasure.
It is deeply satisfying.
So it is the state of flow that is worth working on to make room for. Not activity.
If it’s a little hard to find new mountains to climb or new rivers river rafting down every day, then meditation exercise with focus on turning points in the inward and outward breath a cheap solution, we always carry with us.