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Heart-Focused Breathing

 That’s right. You still breathe with your lungs. Heart-focused breathing is certainly about breathing, as the name implies, but HeartMath places great emphasis on the heart, and years of research says you should, too.

Heart-focused breathing is about directing your attention to the heart area and breathing a little more deeply than normal. As you breathe in, imagine you are doing so through your heart, and, as you breathe out, imagine it is through your heart. (In the beginning, placing your hand over your heart as you breathe can help you in directing your focus to your heart.)

Typically, HeartMath recommends that you breathe in about 5 to 6 seconds and breathe out 5 to 6 seconds. Be sure your breathing is smooth, unforced and comfortable. Although this is not difficult to do, It may take a little time to become used to it, but eventually you will establish your own natural rhythm.

Heart-focused breathing won’t take a lot of time out of your day, but it can add lots of benefits to your life. Many people find that heart-focused breathing is an excellent way to start and finish their days, but there are times in between when it is especially beneficial. Try it during a break on the job, at school or while working around the house.

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Comment by David McElroy
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Interesting. I have a variation on this "Heart Breathing" that I found very helpful when I needed to relax or sleep. I would meditate upon the name of God while breathing, intoning "Yah" while inhaling, and sounding "Weh" on exhaling. You can say the syllables mentally, rather than aloud, if you wish. If you look it up, you will find the name of God means "the breath as a whirlwind". Life and breathing are intimately related, and the breath whirls like wind down our trachea and bronchi. Think about it. It is a very calming intentional "heart breathing"  life-affirming exercise.