When I do anapana-sati I just to the samatha variant. Its pretty simple.
I just observe the flow of respiration at or around the nostrils and keep my attention on the actual sensation of the breath as it passes over that part of the body for longer and longer periods. Whatever else is going on in the head - ignore it. Whatever else is going on in the body - ignore it. Just keeping the attention firnly but lightly fixed on the point of contact between respiration and the body in, around, or under the nostrils. An added benefit is that it tends to produce calm.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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