Heart meditation is a simple and effective practice that brings us into connection with our innermost self. Through the meditative process we become more aware of our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and begin to develop a loving relationship with our heart.
Practicing meditation is an important part of the yoga tradition and it can be used alone or in groups. If you’re new to meditation, you may want to try a gentle form like Heartfulness, which is an ancient form of meditation rooted in the Raja Yoga tradition and practised across one hundred countries.
How to do it:
Sit comfortably and relax the body as much as possible. If you have a specific place in mind, visualize that and allow yourself to feel as though the space is filled with light and love.
Then, gently breathe and let your breath flow into the heart. You might want to visualize a soft, pastel light or coolness pervading the heart. As your breathing becomes more still, silently ask your heart what it needs to say.
After a few minutes, continue to meditate and as you listen to your heart you might notice it begins to release emotions, memories, wishes, fears, or dreams that have been stored in your heart for years. As your practice grows you will start to see and hear the true meaning of your heart and you may find yourself paying attention to what it is saying.
This practice can be done anytime, anywhere you can relax and feel peaceful. It’s ideal for mornings when you want to wake up feeling refreshed and centered, but also for evenings when you’d like to wind down and connect with your innermost self.