There are two movements:
- outwards to the world — opening the pores of this body to sounds, sensations, the other, the Other — moving to an opening in and to love;
- inwards to this body and attending to this body’s voice, in tenderness and interest.
“Breathing in I go back to the island within myself.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Both are about being present in the present. Both tend towards love and compassion.
(See this blog post and this research paper on Open Monitoring and Focussed Attention.)