Mindfulness strengthens our ability to choose where we direct our attention. This can be really helpful when writing an exam, cooking a meal, or listening to a friend. Often, we use the breath as the object of our attention because it is always happening in the present moment and is available 24-7. I have a mind that is easily distracted and when I started to practice breath meditations I noticed that my mind slipped away on a thought after as little as one or two breaths. Upon closer investigation, I noticed that if was in the pauses between the breaths where my mind left the present moment. So here’s a simple way to stay with the breath!