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Meditate on the Heart

Meditate on the Heart

The purpose of this exercise is to give you the experience of making your heart pure enough to witness spirit. Pure here doesn’t mean good and virtuous; it means free from impurity, with no value judgment intended. In the words of William Blake, we are cleansing the doors of perception.

Sit comfortably in a quiet room by yourself, choosing a time when you feel settled and unhurried. Early morning is best, since your mind will be alert and fresh. Close your eyes and focus your attention on the middle of your chest, where your heart is. (Your spiritual heart lies directly behind your breastbone.)

Be aware of your heart as a space. Don’t try to hear your heartbeat or any other sound you think a heart makes as it pumps blood. The heart center you want to find is a point of awareness where feelings enter. In its pure form it is empty, pervaded by weightlessness, absence of care, peace, and a subtle light. This light may appear as white, gold, pale pink, or blue. But again, don’t strain to find a light of any kind. You are not trying to sense the purity of the heart center right now; all you need to feel is whatever is there.

Letting your attention rest easily there, breathe gently and sense your breath going into your heart center. Here you may want to visualize a soft pastel light, or a coolness pervading the chest. Let the breath go in and out, and as it does, ask your heart to speak to you. Don’t phrase this as an order; just have the faint intention that you want your heart to express itself.

For the next five or 10 minutes, sit and listen. Your heart will begin to release emotions, memories, wishes, fears, and dreams long stored there, and as it does, you will find yourself paying attention.

Paying attention to your heart is the object of this meditation.

You will notice as you continue this exercise that three things are naturally coming together: Meditation, purification and attention. You are learning to be with your heart in order to heed its spiritual meaning—this is meditation. You are letting repressed material come up to be released—this is purification. You are listening to your heart without judgment or manipulation—this is attention.

Ready for more? Try Deepak’s Advanced Heart Meditation.

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Adapted from The Path to Love, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1997).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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3:16PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Noted

4:42AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Love, love, love this!! When we open our heart and let go of the things that impede our thinking, life is truly beautiful for ourselves and the people in our lives.

12:59AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

I like this idea. It is a wonderful departure from meditating on the 3rd eye. Thank you.

1:50PM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

Thank you.

8:25PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Beautiful, I guess the key here is listen to your heart.

10:15PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

An absolutely lovely read - and who would not want such a great start to an early morning...or later, if you are not a "Morning Person"!

9:40PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Meditation is so empowering!

7:15PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Wow!

5:48PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Wonderful! Thank you!

5:01PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Ta.

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