Step #4, Soften, Open, and Receive – Day 1 We receive a new breath every few seconds. There are great teachings within this natural occurrence; we need only make ourselves fully available to it. Softening and opening to the breath makes one receptive to the meditative experience. As this step begins to permeate your awareness, you begin to sense whether you are rigid or soft, closed-off or open, defensive or accepting. Softening, opening, and receiving are choices which create powerful shifts toward being fully present in the moment. From the present moment, the possibilities are endless.