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"This mind that wanders wherever it wishes, wherever it desires, wherever it sees pleasure, I will first make it steadfast." -Dhammapada 326 Anapana means observation of natural, normal respiration, as it comes in and as it goes out. It is an easy to learn, objective and scientific technique that helps develop concentration of the mind. Observation of the breath is the ideal object for meditation because it is always available and it is completely non-sectarian. Anapana is very different from techniques that are based on the artificial regulation of breath. There are no rites or rituals involved in the practice or presentation of Anapana. Anapana provides a tool to deal with the fears, anxieties and pressures across all age groups, especially children. Besides helping to calm and concentrate the mind, Anapana helps people to understand themselves better and gives insight into the workings of their own minds. Because of its simplicity, the technique is easy to understand and practice. Just breathe! (excerpt taken from www.vridhamma.org)