Heart Rhythm Meditation 101
Updated: Sep 26, 2018
“I will open my heart”
“I will awaken my heart”
“I will occupy my heart”
At hOMe, the primary modality of meditation taught and practiced is Heart Rhythm Meditation (HRM), a profound practice rooted in different spiritual lineages and supported by modern-day science. Founded by Susanna and Puran Bair at the Institute of Applied Meditation on the Heart, HRM focuses on the breath and the heart coordinating to integrate the body’s circulatory, nervous, and respiratory system
Heart Rhythm Meditation is a downward-moving meditation practice, which means that, unlike other modalities of meditation that focus on the mind, HRM encourages practitioners to have an embodied experience of breathing. This connects the life-giving breath to the physical and spiritual heart.
HRM believes in the power of the heart above all things. Unlike other modalities of meditation, HRM does not try to decrease the ego, but instead aims to make the ego resilient and useful to serve the heart’s true expression.
HRM is not a meditation only for stress relief, nor a "one size fits all" approach. HRM offers specific practices that help individuals with specific needs for transformation. It helps us cope with stress through a step-by-step process, one that changes our whole being so that we’re more able to live consciously, courageously, compassionately, and creatively in the world.