The breath meditation is a kind of mindfulness that helps improve the trait of attention.
This is the same trait that is important when learning or becoming aware.
When a trait is becoming a skill, we exercise it regularly with whichever form of mindfulness that is useful.
Imagine becoming smarter or learning to use your brain in a manner which improves the task you do.
Imagine improving your disposition towards yourself and others with another form of mindfulness called loving kindness.
There is an arc or continuum of mindful exercises which improve the use of our brain.
It all relies on the simple act of paying attention or being aware of awareness.
Imagine life is like a movie. Most of us live like there is no tomorrow. We go in the theatre, barely aware of our surroundings. We pay little attention to anything but the plot of the movie itself.
Know the theatre, notice the people, use your senses to smell the popcorn, this is what it is like to be aware of awareness. You still watch the movie, but you notice the theatre as well.
Mindfulness is a simple tool to help enhance our ability to use our minds wisely. It helps us learn to stand beside ourselves as friend and observer.
Be mindful and live the good life.