Collective wrote:I ask because I was thinking about observing the breath, and if/when any phenomena arise (physical or mental), I could observe that. When it passes, as all things pass, I then go back to oberving the breath.
That's similar to the approach I've been taking. For samatha I focus on the breath and keep returning to it. For vipassana I use the breath as an "anchor" ( ie with less focus ) and broaden out awareness to observe generally, eg arising and ceasings in the mind. I use "samatha" and "vipassana" rather tentatively here because there seem to be different views of what these terms actually mean.
In terms of the Satipatthana Sutta this would be starting with mindfulness of breathing and then "broadening out" to mindfulness of feeling, mind and mind objects. I think this approach is also consistent with the Anapanasati Sutta, but I need to look at that more closely.