Meditation for a Calm Heart

“At the still point, there the dance is.” —T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Tune In: Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo (chanted three times)

Body Posture: Sit in easy pose (or a chair if needed); maintain a straight spine.

Mudra: Place the left palm over your heart center with four fingers parallel to the ground, pointing right. Place right hand in Gyan Mudra (thumb and index finger press). Raise right hand up with bent elbow as if pledging, three remaining fingers straight up.

Eye Focus (Dhrist): Eyes are closed or 9/10th closed.

Mantra: Silence, focus on the breath.

The Meditation: Inhale slowly and consciously through both nostrils 5-10 seconds. Suspend the breath as long as you comfortably can. Then exhale slowly 5-10 seconds through the nostrils. Hold the breath out for as long as you comfortably can.

Time: 3 minutes to begin; build up to 11 minutes (no longer than 31 minutes).

End: Inhale deeply and exhale completely, repeat twice more.

Checkpoint: Do not gasp for your next breath.

Contraindication: Non-strenuous.

The left hand covers the heart chakra, the natural home of prana (life force energy). The right hand (right side of the body), which is typically active or sun energy is placed in a receptive position of palm facing forward (think of a Papal blessing bestowing peace). The posture (all components) brings about a feeling of calmness, and creates a “still point” for prana at the heart center.

Rebuilds the autonomic nervous system by balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches. Improves vagal nerve tonality as evidenced by increasing heart coherence.

Source: Originally taught to the West by Yogi Bhajan, September 1981.

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