Welcome to Relaxing Rhythms 2 (PC/Mac Version)
Please use this Knowledge Base article to help you get started as well as answer any questions you may have as you continue to use this powerful program.
You can download the Relaxing Rhythms 2 Companion Guide (PDF) by clicking HERE.
Breathing, Breathwork and Coherence
During the meditations and biofeedback events, using your Iom sensors (IomPE, IomPro or Lighstone), sit still, avoid talking, chewing, drinking, etc. and practice slow, deep regular and rhythmic breaths aka “heart breath” (an X seconds breathing in, X seconds breathing out where X = 5-8 seconds depending on the most comfortable breathing cycle for you – see SETTINGS for more information). As you do this you will see your scores increase as you increase your heart rate variability and your Coherence. Using the SETTINGS you can adjust your breathing cycle to best fit your needs.
NOTE: Breathing Cycle is the total number of seconds in your “heart breath” which is determined by adding the number of seconds breathing in added to the number of seconds breathing out. For most people this is roughly 10 seconds total.
When you are breathing in this program to clear your mind, the biofeedback component is taking your heart rate signals and interpreting them to show you how your breathing cycle can be trained to become deeper, slower and more regular. This type of “breathwork” has profound benefits to your mind and body, as well as to your mental and emotional state.
By increasing your coherence and using the heart breath (5-8 seconds in and 5-8 seconds out) to remain calm you will be increasing your coherence as you meditate or do the practice events. This biofeedback training will help you in your daily life as your learn to react to challenges and tasks in a more calm, clear and relaxed manner.
As you do the meditations you can breathe the heart breath. This will help your heart rate fall into a resonant frequency commonly referred to as “Coherence”. This particular frequency is known as the strongest and most stabilizing one, and it is associated with many positive changes in the body. When you are in Coherence, you can expect to feel more positive emotions, and recover more easily and completely from stressful situations. As you perform the heart breath while meditating you help to train your mind and body to achieve this natural state of balance as you clear your mind.
The more you use Relaxing Rhythms 2 the more you will become familiar and in tune with your body’s state of relaxation and your breathing cycle.
TABLE of CONTENTS
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Relaxing Rhythms 2 will work with both the IomPE and the IomPro sensors on your Mac or Windows computer.
If you are using the IomPro sensors (white housing) you will need to use the IomDriver program. This is the same IomDriver program required for other Wild Divine software that use the IomPro sensors (green butterfly program icon – see below).
If needed, the IomDriver program can be downloaded FREE by clicking HERE.
IomPro Users – If using IomPro sensors please start the IomDriver BEFORE you launch Relaxing Rhythms 2 to ensure proper connectivity with the IomPro sensors and the program.
IomPE Users – Please make sure you DO NOT have the IomDriver program running! It will interfere with the IomPE sensors and Relaxing Rhythms 2 will not function properly.
NOTE: If you are using the IomPE sensors (green housing) with Relaxing Rhythms 2 no additional driver software is required.
Windows – Windows Vista/Win7/Win8
Mac – OS X 10.7 or greater
Hardware Needed: INTEL Core Duo2 (or equivalent) or greater
4GB Main Memory, Graphics processor with 256 MB VRAM or SDRAM, 250 MB Free Disk Space, USB 2.0 Port (no USB Hub)
Here are some additional Knowledge Base articles that may help you with any sensor connection issues you may experience.
SYSTEM CONFIGURATION and LAUNCH MENU
When you initially open Relaxing Rhythms 2 you will be presented with a menu that allows you to set various options regarding game performance and display settings. These settings allow you to customize the gameplay experience based upon your preferences as well as your system performance capabilities.
You can change the quality of the screen resolution to maximize your display’s capability or for optimal viewing. Increased screen resolution (higher values) also cause an increase requirement in processing power on your CPU and/or Graphics processor. We suggest starting at the default value of 1024×576 and adjust according to your personal requirements.
This setting controls the density and quality of the graphics during gameplay. Increased quality of graphics will also cause an increase requirement in processing power on your CPU and/or Graphics processor. We suggest starting with the default value of “Good” and adjust according to your personal requirements. If you are using an older or less powerful computer we suggest using one of the settings with the least performance impact such as “Simple”, “Fast” or “Fastest”.
If this is checked/selected, then the program will run in windowed mode. This will allow you to see other programs on your desktop as well as Relaxing Rhythms 2 when using the application. If this is not checked/selected, Relaxing Rhythms 2 will run in full screen mode and no other programs will be seen or accessible when using the program.
“Only show this dialog if the option key is down” Checkbox
Once you find the settings that work best for you, check this box to save them as your gameplay preferences and the configuration will no longer appear at program startup. If you want to change settings after checking this option, simply hold down the OPTION key when you start the program and this menu will appear again.
The Home Screen will appear each time you open Relaxing Rhythms 2.
How to Use
Selecting “How to Use” links to this article.
Opens the game to Login screen. (see USER LOGIN below).
Open link to Wild Divine Online Store for more information or to purchase Iom sensors.
Relaxing Rhythms 2 allows for multiple player profiles. When you press PLAY on the home screen you will be presented with a Login screen. The first time you see the Login screen press the NEW USER button. Enter your USER ID and PASSWORD (twice) and press REGISTER to add your user information to Relaxing Rhythms 2.
You will then be taken back to the LOGIN screen. Enter your new credentials in the LOGIN screen and press Login button.
NOTE: The password information stored in Relaxing Rhythms 2 is encrypted via a one-way hash and as such passwords CANNOT BE CHANGED OR RETRIEVED once established. It is important that you store your login credential information in a secure place for future use.
As you play Relaxing Rhythms 2 you will see an indicator that displays the quality of the Iom sensor signal. Red/Poor indicates that the Iom Sensors are not properly connected to the system/game or are not functioning properly. Green/Good indicates that sensors are connected and working properly.
If you are experiencing any issues with your sensors connecting to the program or your system, please refer to appropriate Knowledge Base article below for your sensor type:
Set Session Settings
Relaxing Rhythms 2 has a number of user settings that will let you create a personal experience each time you use the program. These settings can be changed each time you do a session in the program. The program also stores your last setting change each time you change them. When you are done press the “Save and Continue” button to proceed.
Relaxing Rhythms 2 content consists of 10 chapters.
1. Select Chapter
Click on the Step or Chapter you wish to do. All steps are unlocked and available at all times so need not be done sequentially.
Step 1 – FINDING YOUR BREATH – Shinzen Young
Step 2 – MINDFUL BREATHING – Thich Nhat Hanh
Step 3 – LETTING GO OF CONTROL – Adyashanti
Step 4 – DISCOVER YOUR IDENTITY – Gangaji
Step 5 – EXPLORING YOUR BELIEFS – Jonathan Foust
Step 6 – RELEASE YOUR WORRIES – Rick Hanson
Step 7 – SOFTEN YOUR HEART- Pema Chodron
Step 8 – FORGIVING YOURSELF – Jonathan Foust
Step 9 – LIVING A COMPASSIONATE LIFE – Sally Kempton
Step 10 – AWAKEN TO YOUR TRUE NATURE – Jon Kabat-Zinn
2. Chapter Screen
Each chapter in Relaxing Rhythms 2 contains an Introduction, a Guided Meditation and a Biofeedback Event.
INTRO – To hear the introduction press the INTRO button (Iom sensors NOT required).
GUIDED MEDITATION – To hear and participate in the Guided Meditation press this button (Iom sensors NOT required).
EVENT – To go to the biofeedback event for this chapter press practice event (Iom sensors ARE REQUIRED).
3. Biofeedback Event
Each biofeedback event has a spoken introduction. To skip the spoken introduction press the “Skip Intro” button.
When the Introduction is completed or skipped you press “Play Game” to begin.
Butterfly Breathing Cue – Wings closing = EXHALE. Wings opening = INHALE. Uses Breathing Cycle time setting value from Setting screen.
Current Coherence – This is a value 0-1.00. To see this value press “T” on your keyboard. To toggle this off press “T” key again.
End Game – This button will cause the the current event to end and return you to the Select Event screen.
4. Event Completed
When the biofeedback event has been successfully completed press the “END GAME” button to be taken back to the “Select Event” screen.
5. Scores and Scoring
The “High Scores” screen is available from the “SETTINGS” screen. The score for each event is equal to difficulty level chosen in settings when the biofeedback event is done. Example – Choose “Difficulty Setting” of “51” and complete the biofeedback event and your score would be “51”.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION and SUPPORT
If you are experiencing issues with Relaxing Rhythms 2 you can contact us at Relaxing Rhythms 2 Support for further assistance.
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