Squared breathing engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to as the body’s rest & digest response. Typically, this system works autonomously – it does its own thing in its own time in response to conditions. Yet, squared breathing is voluntary and it can shift nervous system from excitement to receptivity. This can come in handy, not only in meditation, but in everyday life.
The beauty of this practice lies in the interlude between the inhale and the exhale. And more beauty lies in the subtle space between the breath and the interlude itself, the between-the-between… we’ve been saying that a lot lately. That’s the beauty of interludes, you can find them everywhere.
Happy practicing. This is more of an exercise than a meditation; but SO GOOD for you. Here’s a chart for those who are visually inclined: