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Meditating On The Heart

Meditating On The Heart

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. (The fact that the physical heart is off to the left is irrelevant here – the spiritual heart center 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. 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.

For the next five or ten 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.

Let the experience be what it will be. If you daydream or drift off into sleep, just bring your attention back to your heart center. 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.

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

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Deepak Chopra

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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10:10PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

thank you

12:46PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

sounds nice, thanks.

9:34AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

"Strange. I store all of those things in my brain."

That's what your brain wants you to think! :) Brains are tricky like that. But when you give your brain a temporary break, just for a little while, and truly listen to your heart, you will hear the truth.

5:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

"Your heart will begin to release emotions, memories, wishes, fears, and dreams long stored there"

Strange. I store all of those things in my brain.

3:11PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

@ Gaby

--- to work on this 'anger'. What is in my heart? How do I access what is truly in my heart?

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I believe that you have uncorked the genie's bottle of desires, and within your 'wishes' is the divine response that can free up another level of your beautiful spirit, Gaby.
Anger was given to us by our creator as well as tranquility. Your anger holds a key to your authentic being.

Unsolicited advice is rarely appreciated, I've learned, as folks like to give things their own 'heev ho' and when needing help, will then be open to another's opinion. Well, sorry for the emotional rejection there Gaby, but, I and many others have been generous to a fault and found out this hard way, that unless asked for, don't offer an opinion,..... :+( . However, I love your opinion, anytime, anyplace and for any reason..... Hope your happy feelings return - ASAP! :+)

You are just a very giving person, and not everyone can take it!!!

7:34AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Anatomy and Physiology were A+ classes for me~ And reading the discoveries of modern research has revealed that our attitudes, personalities, and resilience in life impact our bodies.

[ extension of a previous post ]
A hardened heart upon autopsy actually reveals that the heart muscle (not plaque, not a buildup of other material, but the muscle itself is hardened) - has become dense and rigid and tough. We are born with a pliable heart, the flexible muscle as seen in the young child, OR of a person who has sweetened their outlook towards the world will reveal the tissue soft and pliable.



- there are material [physical] clues to a more healthy approach to this world of challenges -


Another thing that has been discovered is that the heart will develop a rhythm which seems to mimic the emotional 'ups and downs' of a persons lifetime - the adaptations of their story, so to say, kind of directing the heart to sing a personal song. Theses discoveries have made doctors wonder if the different rhythms are cues the to persons ability to adapt to various changes and challenges in life.


3:51AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Great article. Thanks.

12:23AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Meditation is a discipline - and enjoyable discipline.
Being fairly undisciplined or laid-back, I prefer to meditate at night. I am then relaxed and any stress from the day is cleared from my mind and my body before I go to sleep.

11:41PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

You say the adrenal glands are behind the stomach - but what's with the 'happy' hormones?
And, if you really want to get so physical then you can't just forget about the hormone cascade......which doesn't start in the adrenals! It starts somewhere else.....;-) and yes, I believe that our bodies perfectly mirror our state of 'being'.

11:40PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Goodmorning Deepak, ah and once again.....just the thing I needed to read today! Having read the Book of Secrets recently, I have started the practice of greeting the day ...before I get out bed - sort of contemplating the day and setting my intentions for the day - today one of the thoughts that I woke up with was that I want to work on a little surprise I had to deal with yesterday.
This past week I participated in a wonderful free online course - Spring Forest Qigong - yesterday afternoon - the last day we closed of with a meditation. I had just finished the meditation when the phone rang......and to cut a long story short - it was not such happy news that I received from a close relative - about a close family friend. Now, what was strange that during that conversation - I spontaneously offered some idea - which was rejected - now not the fact that the idea was rejected, but the manner in which it was just brushed aside made me so angry. From there on - it went downhill - and last night - and this morning I realized that I need to work on this 'anger'. What is in my heart? How do I access what is truly in my heart - one of my intentions for the day was to find a way to find what is in my heart ? Tadaa, all you have to do is open your Soular Energy and Deepak offers the way! Thank you and Namaste.

P.S. Jane, maybe you might ask yourself why it is that the 'good' hormones are felt in/from the heart area, and the 'bad' hormones - as you call them - from the stomach/bell

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