A few days into the trip I was given my first exposure to meditation. It helped tremendously with a number of things, including my breathing. Where it helped me most was in the ability to focus clearly on specific things, so when I was finished with my meditation sessions I had many thoughts to write about. But the struggle lied where I assumed it would, and that was with completely clearing my mind.
In order to successfully clear my mind during the practice of meditation I had to first learn how to slow down. Like anything else, this was a habit that could be built and worked on. Master Li, whom I was training under, could meditate for great lengths of time and said, “like any other habit, you gradually become better. You will see, your attempts will become longer and longer.”