The important consideration in bare-awareness is that it needs to be unbroken for as long as it takes to gain momentum.
Attending in this way while sitting - without reaction - the stream of associated thoughts and, random thoughts, -ts slowing down, they lose momentum.
The gaps become wider between thoughts. The intervals of silence last longer. When silence is all that’s left the attention lands there. The quality of silence deepens into a fresh and ever-new beauty.
With an open-ended patience - simply attending to thoughts - they are no longer absorbed into as before. There’s no getting lost in thought.
It’s like fully-conscious daydreaming minus the dreaming - as odd as that may sound.
It becomes clear that nobody is thinking the thoughts, they are automatic, a conditioned process of associations or random happenings - there is no ‘thinker’.
This is clear and undisguised. A great relief!
There’s no vested-interest in there content, there’s no identification with thought or, anything else - in bare awareness.
Nobody is thinking the thoughts - it’s just a conditioned process - they lose momentum break-up and dissappear.
Then, silence then, the beautiful arises and, dissappears, without interference or identification-with. Even the seeing of this passing parade is not identified with.
Neither ‘here’ (subjectivity) nor ‘yonder’ (anywhere else) or ‘between the two’ (nondualistic) - no subject/object dualism. No formations of self and other!
If, there is, reaction-free attention there is no self-oriented satisfaction or disatisfaction because nothing is taken personally. Literally, nothing at all - including the seeing/witnessing.
The ease of being that arises with the cessation of ‘papancha’ (discursive thinking) in meditation and, daily life, facilitates the arising of energy - an awakening factor.
This gives rise to a sense of well-being - happiness and joy. This gives rise to contentment and serenity, this facilitates deep natural stillness and this, is an indispensable requirement for awakening and… so it goes
None of the above - natural unfolding - has anything to do with a deliberate exercise. It just happens when there is clarity and peace - including the Sila. Sila is also a result of seeing clearly.
It’s a consequence of completely letting-go and seeing what happens - without interference. A complete relaxation in saddha - another awakening factor.
Anapanasati is not the only pathway leading into samadhi and, beyond.
“For there is suffering, but none who suffers; Doing exists although there is no doer; Extinction is but no extinguished person; Although there is a path, there is no goer.” - Visudhimagga
Understanding the ‘nuts and bolts’ of all this is ‘investigation’ - directly seeing all this. Samadhi is a consequence. There’s awareness with Sila and, tranquility is present, confidence/faith and, energy is present. Joy and happiness is in the mix. That’s the whole kit and caboodle - is it not?