Why Your Heartbeat Is More Important Now Than Ever

by Asatar Bair on February 20, 2012

The beating of your heart sustains your life.

How can it get more important than that?

Well, there’s living and then there’s living. I think you’re with us at IAM Heart because you aspire to more than simply making it through life; you want to unfold your potential, becoming the great being that you truly are.

The key to doing this, in every single area of life, from your health and fitness, relationships with loved ones and friends, and career and accomplishments, is rhythm.

But modern life has cut us off from the rhythms that sustain us in many important ways.

  • In contrast to the past, few of us work in ways that bring us into direct contact with the natural rhythms of the seasons. Farming did this in the past, but not many people are farmers in the industrialized world.
  • Most of us live in cities these days, and we spend a lot less time outdoors, causing us to easily lose track of dawn and dusk, the cycle of the moon, and the movements of the stars and planets. (Many of us live in areas with so much artificial light, that the stars can barely be seen on a clear night.)
  • Cities also make it possible to ignore nature’s rhythms of rest and activity, increasing the pace of life and making that pace unsustainable.

We don’t seek to go back to some idealized past. But for all these reasons, we need a method of restoring our sense of rhythm, one that we can always have, no matter what circumstances we encounter, a method that has the power to keep that rhythm strong and stable, even if we ourselves decide to disrupt it.

The most powerful method that I know of for creating inner and outer rhythm is Heart Rhythm Meditation. Breathing in tune with your heartbeat (e.g. 8 beats in, 8 beats out), brings all parts of your life into a dynamic, rhythmic balance.

I’d love to hear about your challenges and successes keeping your rhythm. Please share comments below.

Yours in the One Heart,


P.S. Puran and Susanna’s book Living from the Heart has a great deal of practical advice and insight on the nature of rhythm.


Jennifer February 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

Hello Astar,

I’ve only been doing the heart meditation for a short time. A friend of mine introduced me to the process, I purchased one of the books and have been reading and practicing. If you don’t mind, I’d just like to post a few things. I vary my meditation and am working on getting more regular. My constant seems to be 10 minutes in the morning before work and would like to add the evening on for 20 minutes. Although I do make time to practice for the 20 minutes in the morning on the weekends. I have noticed that as soon as I try to notice my breath, it changes.. .. it becomes deeper, etc. as soon as I pay attention to it.
I tried the 8 in, hold for 8 and exhale 8…. through the mouth. Well things seem to be coming up. My discontent with me, and an overall sadness. I believe it is mostly rooted in abandonment from the death of my father when I was 14 and my mother doing the best she could as she battled her own emotional and addictive issues. She is gone as well.
So if I try and breath into my heart it seems to help and there is some peace.
I am not sure what you are looking for in the posts.. but thought I would begin with this.
With kind regards,
Jennifer Andrews

Asatar Bair February 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hi Jennifer,
It sounds like you are really putting in the time and effort. That will pay off.
I’m glad you noticed that your breath changes as you pay attention to it.
It’s good that you are experiencing an upwelling of emotion as you breathe into your heart. Your heart is there; your heart is responding to the energy. I can relate to your feelings of abandonment and discontent with yourself. These are feelings I have felt many times. I’m glad to hear that doing HRM gives you peace. That’s an important blessing; many people only experience an increase in intensity of feeling initially, and it doesn’t feel very peaceful. (Peace will always come eventually.)
Thanks for your comment.

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