We can stop the busy mind and come into our calm heart. Instead of always thinking, our awareness can be open, soft, and present. No matter what are the circumstances of our day, the details, frustrations, and desires do not need to constantly occupy and overflow the river of our awareness. We do not need to live in constant stress. Meditation can bring us to the beauty of the moment, simple, and free. There is an alternative to our minds constantly on the go. There is simple peace.
Meditation brings us back to the river of our own being without all the mental traffic. Thinking and awareness are two separate things. We can see, hear, taste, touch and feel life directly without the filter of our constant thoughts. Imagine a life where you can simply be when you want to be and think when you want to think. Our thoughts, dreams, feelings become more clear, bringing more clarity to our relationships, work, and life in general.
Meditation does not have to be difficult. We are changing the habit of constantly thinking. We are changing our pattern of carrying the details and challenges of daily life all the time within us. Meditation can teach us to let go of our busy mind and be in our heart. It is all a matter of practice, practicing a meditation of the heart.
Heart Contemplation ~ Step by step Offering The first step is offering. Begin the meditation by offering everything that is in our heart. Whatever we are busy thinking about during our day is what we are carrying in our heart. Maybe we are preoccupied with work, health, or a relationship. Whatever we are constantly thinking about is what is keeping our heart occupied and our mind busy. Our busy mind is the overflow from a crowded heart. As we offer, we begin to empty our mind and open our heart. The busy mind gradually becomes still. Our awareness is returning to our heart, soft, free, and naturally calm.
We stop the busy mind by offering what's in our hearts. We offer our worries and desires, our judgments, our likes and dislikes. We do not have to carry so much inside of us. We are offering what is in our heart to the universe, God, whatever we want to call the greatest love. And what do we do if there is something major holding down our heart like the loss of a loved one or a difficult illness? Instead of the pain just sitting inside of us, this meditation helps us find the part of our heart that is always greater. In our offering we are opening the door for something else, another part of us to be also present. The point is not to keep everything locked inside of us. With caring and gentleness, we offer everything in our heart. When we offer, we cannot be thinking at the same time. Our habit of constantly thinking is slowing down, slowly changing.
Receiving The second step is to go deeply within our heart and receive. Underneath our busy mind is the beauty, the landscape of our heart. Here is a great space, a valley of lightness, a reservoir of calm, an ocean of peace. We bring our awareness to the depths of our heart. We practice receiving. This is with our in breath. Our mental chatter recedes as we explore and receive the many qualities within our heart. We cannot be thinking and receiving at the same time. In our heart contemplation, there is so much to receive and enjoy.
Gentleness, equanimity, vastness, we find our awareness expanding inside. Our awareness expanding without end is a normal experience of people who receive the depths of their heart. Unencumbered by lots of thoughts, our awareness spreads into the limitlessness of our true being. Inner silence, goodness, forgiveness, and gratitude are frequently found. Every meditation we are exploring this inner treasure, our own heart. Our heart is our source of potentiality, trust, creativity, wholeness, our light and love.
No Rules There is no fixed rule how much of each meditation should be spent offering or receiving. Sometimes there is nothing to offer, we only want to be in the stillness of our heart and receive. Other times, there seemingly is a mountain of weight inside to offer. No matter how heavy or overwhelmed life may be, our intention of offering begins releasing the load we carry. Slowly, we find our own balance of offering and receiving.
Why are we offering and receiving? In modern culture, we tend to hold onto everything. Our heart is stuffed full of grievances, desires, memories, old news, new news, too much news. We carry our problems, our friend's problems, the problems of the world. We are overfilled with mental activity. Our intellectual ability so often is at a cost of losing touch with our feelings and our heart. Our mental traffic covers the inner jewels of golden peace and harmony. Our complicated minds are a heavy veil hiding the true wealth inside of us. Meditation is removing this filter, uncovering our inner sanctuary, the temple of our heart. Our practice is stopping our busy mind and bringing us to an awareness of oneness, our center. Restfulness, compassion, and joy are the fruits of heart contemplation that grow and spread in our lives.
The 7 Steps to Heartfulness Meditation Finding our ground of being ~ the heart inside the heart
Retreat ~ The gift of Simple Peace Whenever possible, we want to make silent retreats where we are not disturbed or distracted so that we can develop our meditation practice. A retreat is a time to do your heart practice for many days at a time. Without the distractions of daily obligations we can enjoy the simplicity of the retreat atmosphere. We want to take time for the home that it is our heart.
Step One: Nurturing Joy A heart practice is anything that brings us back to our hearts. The demands of daily life tend to lead us everywhere but our hearts. So it is special to take some days and make a heart practice. This begins by being present. Instead of letting our minds wander into the past or future, being present nourishes our heart. We are dropping out of our mind into our heart.
In the present, who are we and what do we want to do? Whether we want a hot tea, take a walk, or sit on our balcony drinking in the colors of nature, taking time for the simple things is taking time to listen and nurture ourselves. In these moments, worries fade as a gentleness of the heart comes forward.
Step Two: Slow down & Accept ourselves Meditation is a time where we change the pace of our lives. As we slow down in all we are doing, we are being more and thinking less, a new heart practice is being found. We are much more then the daily structure, demands, and expectations of normal life. There is a magical child within us to listen to, embrace and enjoy.
There is a reservoir of all kinds of feelings to take time for, be open and accepting to. Our feelings are not something we need to be fearful of. In the safety of our meditation, feelings come and go. They are only feelings, memories, experiences passing through our awareness. A heart practice is being gentle, accepting, patient with everything and everyone who comes into our minds.
Step Three: Offering& Letting Go Having the intention of offering everything in our hearts creates room in our hearts for another part of us to be present. We offer every thought and feeling, taking it out of our hearts and giving it to something greater to carry.
We carry too much of the world inside our hearts, which makes our hearts heavy and complicated. We breathe out and offer everything we carry, everything that keeps our minds busy like work, partnership, health or busyness. This step of offering washes our hearts clean, relaxes the mind and lets mountains of fresh gentleness carry us.
Step Four: Being in our heart. As we slow down to the nakedness of the moment, letting go of the various things occupying our awareness, we are in our heart. We breathe into the gentleness. Meditation is receiving the heart inside our heart... the peace, calm, lightness we find.
In our "out breath" we are letting go of the worldly things as they unfasten from our attention. With our "in breath" we are feeling the presence in our heart. Meditation is a practice of experiencing and receiving. As we enter our heart more deeply, our thinking self is becoming less. As we enter our heart we are being more simply present. Instead of an active mind, our awareness is enjoying the activity of the heart, our heart essence, our love.
Step Five: Awareness Expanding In The Heart We practice receiving the soft openness of our heart. Our awareness is filling itself with the inner peace and love that is present. As our meditation unfolds in our heart, we experience our awareness expanding. There is an inner vastness.
Without the weight of our thoughts and feelings holding our attention, heartfulness is allowing our awareness to expand in heart essence. Here it spreads finding more and more space inside to simply be. There is an emptiness, an inner vastness giving us a whole new perspective on who we are, our life, the choices we make, and what is important. There is a great presence, a whole universe in our heart waiting for our discovery.
Step Six: Receiving the beauty, innocence In the vastness found in our heart, we want to concentrate and receive the most pure place inside we find. We want to focus on receiving deeply our pure being, our innocence, our light.
Meditation is absorbing, like a sponge, everything that is good that we find in our heart. Meditation is teaching us about receiving instead of compulsively thinking and doing. There is so much inner beauty unveiling to enjoy. As we discover and appreciate this place within us, we begin to see these same qualities of heart in one another and in life everywhere.
Step Seven: Discovering Our Ground of Being The inner qualities found in the heart are our ground of being. Here our awareness comes to be and experience its true home. We want to anchor our awareness in the inner peace and beauty we find within. As our meditation practice deepens, we come to know our ground of being and feel it expand endlessly. Our ground of being is a wholeness, trust, an inner joy independent of the world around us. Our ground of being is giving us our source of creative wisdom, fun and spiritual fulfillment. This is the heart inside the heart.
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