When we have monkey brain, taking some time to count our breaths can be an effective way to reset our mind and bring back our focus to the task at hand. In this short, but effective meditation, we count our in breaths and out breaths as a way to cultivate our focus.
I settled in and began feeling the sensations of breathing; the air flowing in and out of my nostrils and the rising and falling of my chest and belly. Then, I began counting my breaths. As I concentrated on each breath, thoughts left my mind and my body began to unwind. It is in the simple pleasure of breathing where I have focus. It is in the simple pleasure of breathing where I have calm.