Slow the breath, slow the pulse, this slows the turning of the mind.
To slow the breath, extend the outbreath.
The outbreath releases tension, slowing breath further.
Slowing the breath allows attention to be present and to descend into the senses. This is direct attention, not attention mediated by headbrain thinking.
Attention deepens its penetration, transforming the energy of the body.
Direction turns up naturally. There is a sense of buoyancy.
Consciousness increases and stabilizes.
To be conscious is a specific term meaning the ability to experience spatially, not linearly. It requires an energy different from sensitive energy. Consciousness arises from the transformation of sensation by impartial attention.