To meditate now with rhythmic breath will have an immediate impact on your heart. It will slow your breathing rate and it will lower your blood pressure. It will calm your mind and relax your body.
There must be balance in our lives in order to endure our stresses and have the energy to proceed on the spiritual journey.
The center of life is rhythm, and rhythm causes balance.
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan ~
5 minute Guided Meditation on the Rhythmic Breath Click here to play Rhythmic Breath Meditation
Meditate Now with Rhythmic Breath
5 minute Guided Meditation on the Rhythmic Breath
In order to meditate now we want to try to make our inhales and exhales approximately the same length while centering in the heart. This will balance your breath and make your average resting heartrate rhythmic.
At first just try to count mentally to yourself to 6 or 8 while you breathe out, and the same number while breathing in. This will make your breath rhythmic, with the inhales the same length as the exhales.
So.. exhale, 2,3,4,5,6. and inhale 2,3,4,5,6.
If you want to continue meditating now you should find a chair to sit in and close your eyes. Otherwise you can continue eyes open and see how you feel when you do this rhythmic breath practice. Continue to concentrate on your breath. This conscious, rhythmic breathing will steady your mind, making it easier to concentrate.
By controlling your breath rate you are also controlling your heart rate. You will create a powerful rhythm in your body that is good for your heart. You will start to enter a state of physiological balance known as coherence or entrainment.
Your breath rate synchronizes your heartrate. So as you slow down your breathing and make it balanced and rhythmic, your heartrate starts to slow down and become more rhythmic. I explain this in detail on the heart rate variability page.
By practicing rhythmic breathing every day your life will become more orderly and regular. Continue to focus on your breath as you meditate and make your breath as rhythmic and fine as possible. Continue to focus your awareness on your heart area. Make smooth inhales and exhales with no pause in between.
You can do this practice as long as you like. Try to do between 5 and 10 minutes in the beginning.