A great rain cloud of mindfulness
( The Buddha // 9. At Vesālī, Anāpānasamyutta, Mahāvagga, Samyutta Nikāya, Pali Canon )
Just as in the last month of the hot season, when a mass of dust and dirt has swirled up, a great rain cloud out of season disperses it and quells it on the spot, so too concentration by mindfulness of breathing, when developed and cultivated, is peaceful and sublime, an ambrosial pleasant dwelling, and it disperses and quells evil unwholesome states on the spot whenever they arise. And how is this so?
Having gone to the forest, to the foot of a tree, or to an empty room, one sits down. Having folded the legs crosswise, straightened the body, and setup mindfulness in front of one’s self, just mindful one breathes in, mindful one breathes out, training thus : “Contemplating detachment, I breath in. Contemplating detachment, I breath out.”