nomorecurries wrote:Has anyone got any tips on balance of focus between breathing / bare awareness based on their experience of a relatively long retreat?
In my experience, the balance is struck my employing that bhavana which covers both samatha and vipassana development in one continuous practice. In this respect, anapanasati is outstanding.
If anapanasati looks like pure samatha without vipassana, then it isn't understood, I think. It means that there isn't any feeling of 'switching gears', because the one gear is driving both tires.