“Our breathing has been a friend that has accompanied us through every moment of life; it has never deserted us no matter how terrible we have felt. Friendship in itself connotes a quality of feeling that has elements of warmth, trust, and welcome. Our hearts always relax when we greet a friend. To add this felt sense of friendship to the awareness of breathing invites a quality of attention that carries a positive feeling. We all live in the Now and we all breathe. Why not let our breath awareness join us to the present with a feeling of belonging and trust? This by itself releases us from so much of our reflexive self-protection and restores us to a simple state of openness”. Excerpt from The Mandala of Being by Richard Moss