The First of the Eleven Rules or Secrets of the Naqshbandi Order, as read by Omar Ali-Shah.
1. HUSH DAR DAM
or The Awareness of Breathing
Breathing is an important ingredient in exercises, either
personal exercises or in a group. Breathing should settle
down after a while to a certain rhythm. It settles down naturally,
it should not be forced into being fast or slow. If you
force the breathing you are using energy which can be used
usefully in other ways. Allow the breathing to stabilize itself.
Be aware of the breathing without being preoccupied
with it. Breathing deeply is valuable and can and should
be learned, or it can be taught by the Master.