Counting with Breath
The practice of counting with the breath in certain ratios, is a simple, yet very effective way of preparing the mind for meditation. Making the exhalation longer then the inhalation calms the central nervous system.
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
– Shunryu Suzuki