When you are moved you feel it in your heart.
If the emotion you’re feeling is joyful or loving, you’ll likely feel uplifted, open, and bright. If the emotion is fear based or sadness, chances are both your posture and your internal feeling will be more closed down and contracted.
The more you practice feeling joy, love, peace and the like, the more these qualities show up in your life. The same goes for fear based feelings.
We create patterns based on what we experience, so you’ll find yourself greatly rewarded for cultivating an attitude that brings brightness to your heart.
Even knowing this, however, it is sometimes a challenge, especially if you’ve been hurt and find yourself feeling like there are walls up around your heart. If this describes how you currently feel, it’s okay. Know that you can create a different experience for yourself.
Often I think of the heart as a sanctuary of peace and wisdom, light and love. This meditation brings a sense of expansion and light to the heart center, where a great deal of healing can take place.
Heart Space Mini-Meditation:
Sit beautifully with an uplifted posture.
Settle into your hips.
Invite an inner spaciousness using your intention.
Feel your breath expand within.
Give your breath full freedom, and simply feel it move for a minute or two.
Once you feel centered and still, riding the waves of your breath,
Bring your awareness to your heart center.
Simply turn your focus to your heart, still feeling the pulsation of your breath.
Imagine a brilliant light within your heart.
With each breath, feel this light expand.
As the light grows ever outward through your body,
Feel your heart become more spacious.
Know that you are safe and protected by this light,
And allow the energy of your heart center to become even more full:
The energy that resides within your heart is a part of the Supreme Energy that breathes and weaves into creation all that is.
Feel yourself connecting to that bigger energy that is pure light and love.
Allow your awareness to reach effortlessly outward to touch the whole of the universe.
When you feel ready, bring the focus of your heart light back to surround your body,
And then focus on a safe, expanded feeling of your heart in your chest.
Remember that you are always connected to that vast and spacious consciousness that you just touched with your own awareness.
Again, feel your individual sense of self, your energy bright and yet contained within your own field and space.
Thank your heart for being so bright, and invite this lightness to remain with you.
When you are ready to move out of meditation, pause for a few breaths with your eyes open before continuing with your day.
May the light of your heart spark the spirit of joy in all around you.