“Bring your attention back to the breath.” This is a suggestion that’s often offered during a guided meditation. Chances are when you’ve heard these words, your mind was off in a story; and chances are the same was true for most anyone else who heard those words during a sitting. The mind tends to wander – it is a fact.
The tip of the nose serves as a perch – a place to rest your attention when you bring it “back to the breath.” From there, the comings and goings of the breath are welcomed into the field of awareness. It sounds simple, yes, but staying steady on your perch takes some practice. Giving the mind both a place to land and something to do, generates steadiness & concentration.