To develop a partnership with one’s internal rhythms allows one to make peace with what one has in reserve.Esme Weijun Wang
Reflecting for a moment, when was the last time you felt your own heartbeat, your own internal rhythm? When you control your breath and tune into your heartbeat, you are calibrating yourself, bringing yourself back to a neutral point. An easy way to practice this concept is with a box breath exercise.
Begin the exercise by selecting a number. I usually use 3 for joy, 5 for change, or 7 for connection to spirit. Suppose you select 3, you will inhale for a count of 3, hold at the top of the inhalation for 3 heartbeats, exhale for a count of 3, and hold at the bottom of the exhalation for 3 heartbeats. Keep following this box breath, equal inhalations, pauses for heartbeats, and equal exhalations for at least three iterations. Play with different counts to see what feels the most natural or soothing for you.