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January 13, 2024


As mind and body are intimately connected, the quality of our breath often reflects the mind, and vice versa. In this relaxing meditation script, we use calm, patient, spacious and easy breathing to invite those same characteristics into the mind. 

The practice begins by drawing our attention to the breath. Listeners are then gently guided to extend the length of the exhale breath. When the breath out takes longer than the breath in, a relaxation response is triggered in the body. The parasympathetic nervous system comes online, and we experience greater balance and ease. 

This relaxing guided meditation script introduces meditators of all levels to a felt experience of body and mind connection. We see clearly how our breathing is a reflection of our state of mind, and we can use the breath to effect change in this state of mind.

  • Practice Time: <10 minutes
  • Purpose: Relaxation
  • May Help With: Cultivating Presence, Body and Mind Awareness, Calm
  • Practice Level: Beginner
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Here’s a Sample of the “A Relaxing Meditation Script Using Breath” Guided Meditation Script:

Sit comfortably in a quiet place where you can be free from distractions.
Choose a posture that promotes a long, neutral spine. Even if you are lying down.
If you are seated, set your chin in a neutral position so the back of your neck stays long
Drop your shoulders from your ears, and soften your belly.

Close your eyes or gaze low at the ground ahead of you

Turn your attention and awareness inwards, towards your breath

Without trying to change anything,
simply notice how you are breathing right now.

Is the breath moving through the nose or the mouth?
Describe the rhythm and depth of the breath

Notice if there’s a difference between breath in and breath out
How does the breath feel as it moves through your body?
Where in the body do you notice the breath?

relaxing meditation script, A Relaxing Meditation Script Using Breath

And as you focus inward, toward your breath, your body, notice also your mind.
How might the breath, as it is right now, relate to the mind, as it is right now?

Notice without judgement. Just notice.

(pause 3-5 breaths)

And now, if you haven’t already, close your lips,
and begin to breathe in and out through your nose
Without making any drastic changes, staying comfortable,
Without forcing, or pushing, or straining,
With as much ease as possible,
Use a short count to even out the breath

Inhale for 1...2...3....
Exhale for 1...2....3....

Match the exhale breath to the length of the inhale breath
Equal breathing
In and out through your nose

How to Use this Relaxing Guided Meditation Script

A Calming Exhale Breath is a beginner-friendly script that can be used to inspire your personal meditation practice, or you can use it to help guide others in mindfulness meditation.

Anytime you work with a meditation script, it’s best to read it several times to familiarize yourself with the intention and content. You may choose to read it word for word, although most experienced meditation guides find themselves naturally editing the words to more accurately reflect their personal experience. 

This script may be used to guide others in meditation one-on-one, or in group settings. You can also use it to share mindfulness meditation online. To do so, simply make an audio or video recording of yourself using the script, and share it as you see fit.

When guiding meditations that indicate breathing in a specific manner, it’s important to remind participants they always have agency over their own breath. The goal of this relaxing meditation script is to induce calm. For some, a calming breath may look different than described. Encourage listeners to explore what feels best in their bodies. 


There are infinite ways to work with the breath in meditation. Use this relaxing guided meditation script to encourage breath awareness, and awareness of the influence of breath on our state of mind. With practice, we can learn to calm ourselves using the breath, both during and outside of meditation. Read the silence quotes to understand why silence and calmness are true values.

About the author 

Sara-Mai Conway

Sara-Mai Conway is a writer, yoga and meditation instructor living and working in Baja Sur, Mexico. In addition to online offerings, she teaches donation-based community classes in her tiny, off-grid hometown on the Pacific coast. She is a certified 500-hour Remedial Yoga and Applied Mindfulness Advanced teacher with Bodhi Yoga Spain under the Independent Yoga Network (UK).