Cross Breathing Exercises, Co-meditation, Relaxation, Stress Management


Co-meditation is also popularly known as Cross Breathing. The simple principle on which it is based is that, depending on the kind of respiration used, the mental state will be stimulated in that particular way. Co-meditation is believed to alleviate stress and suffering. Since time immemorial, breathing has been identified for its impact on our bodies, our emotions, our state of consciousness, and our lives. Co-meditation helps normalize the heart rate, blood pressure, stress, etc.

    Co-meditation puts the mind in a deep state of relaxation. Even Tibetan Buddhist priests practice it to calm their minds and emotions. It facilitates the lamas’ ability to enter into meditative states and brings them control over fear, illness and even death.


Relationship of Breathing with Mind and Body

    Breathing should be a deep, physical and psychological relaxation practice. One can practice it to help someone during the process of dying. This process traces its roots to a Tibetan medical practice. The best thing is that anybody can practice it and many will gain tranquility.

    Two people do the co-meditation practice, i.e., the one who is ill, stressed, dying, or who needs peace, along with a caregiver or teacher. It helps the ill person or recipient but also helps and soothes the caregiver by slowing down his emotions and maintaining and even mental-emotional state. This helps both parties overcome the helplessness that they experience while attending to an ailing person who may soon be breathing their last breath.


How Is It Done?

    It is done with time-honored, progressive relaxation exercises. It begins with tensing then relaxing the toes and moving continuously up the body until one reaches the head. The recipient lies at ease with his eyes closed, and concentrates on his breathing. Once the recipient calms down and achieves a deeper state or relaxation, the co-meditator chants or repeats a mantra repeatedly with every breath. The chant or mantra helps the participant reduce chances of distraction and helps him or her focus into a deeper, meditative state.


How Does It Work?

    This process slows down the respiration and the pulse rate. It brings down the body temperature and blood pressure. It also diminishes pain and anxiety. The effects of a co-meditation session last for hours and sometimes for days. It doesn’t require much training and gives a sense of worthiness to the caregiver that he was of great help at the time of illness or death.


Some Other Uses

    Co-meditation also helps in correcting sleep-related disorders, insomnia, hallucinations and nightmares. Employed in the final stages of life at the time of death, this meditation stimulates a deep state of relaxation and gradually brings down the oxygen requirements. It is a very effective way to pass over in peace, with dignity and tranquility.



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