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MEDITATION FOR A CALM HEART

 

Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light neck lock.

Eyes:  Either close the eyes or look straight ahead with the eyes 1/10th open.

Mudra:  Place the left hand on the center of the chest at the Heart Center.  The left palm is flat against the chest, and the fingers are parallel to the ground, pointing to the right. Make Gyan Mudra with the right hand (touch the tip of the index finger with the tip of the thumb).  Raise the right hand up to the right side as if giving a pledge.  The palm faces forward, the three fingers not in Gyan Mudra point up.  The elbow is relaxed near the side with the forearm perpendicular to the ground.

Breath Pattern & Visualization:  Concentrate on the flow of the breath.  Regulate each bit of the breath consciously.  Inhale slowly and deeply through both nostrils.  Then suspend the breath in and raise the chest.  Retain it as long as possible.  Then exhale smoothly, gradually, and completely, let the navel glide back towards the spine.  When the breath is totally out, lock the breath out for as long as possible.

Time:  Continue this pattern of long, deep breathing for 3-31 minutes.

To End:  Inhale and exhale strongly 3 times.  Relax.

Comments:  The proper home of the subtle force, prana, is in the lungs and heart.  The left palm is placed at the natural home of prana, creating a deep stillness at that point.  The right hand that throws you into action and analysis is placed in a receptive, relaxed mudra and put in the position of peace.  The entire posture induces the feeling of calmness.  It technically creates a still point for the prana at the Heart Center.  Emotionally, this meditation adds clear perception to your relationships with yourself and others.  If you are upset at work or in a personal relationship, sit in this meditation for 3 to 15 minutes before deciding how to act.  Then act with your full heart.  Physically, this meditation strengthens the lungs and heart.  This meditation is perfect for beginners.  It opens awareness of the breath, and it conditions the lungs.  When you hold the breath in or out for “as long as possible”, you should not gasp or be under strain when you let the breath move again.  If you have more time, try it for three periods of  3 minutes each, with one minute rest between them, for a total of 11 minutes.  For an advanced practice of concentration and rejuvenation, build the meditation up to 31 minutes.  

This is one of my favorite meditations.  It is simple and effective.  Sat Nam,

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    "Breath is your guide, your sage, your knowledge.  Your life and its existence are based on breath of life.
    Create a friendship with it and breathe consciously, mechanically."   Yogi Bijan