Living with Heartfulness
As Valentines Day rounds the corner, it is the perfect time of year to talk about heartfulness meditation. When we are upset we can engage in heartfulness to send ourselves compassion and love. Heartfulness is a practice of kindness and compassion in each moment. With each phrase, we are planting the seeds of loving wishes in our heart.
You can begin the practice of Heartfulness right now by letting yourself sit in a comfortable position. Breathe. Let your body be relaxed. Place your hand on your heart.
Breathe gently, and recite inwardly the following words directed to your own well-being. You begin with yourself because we must feel love, in order to send love.
I wish for me to be happy
I wish for me to feel healthy
I wish for me to be peaceful
I wish for me to experience freedom
As you repeat these phrases, picture yourself living the phrases, and hold that image in lovingkindness. Adjust the words in any way you wish. Repeat these phrases many times, focusing on what feelings come up. Practice this meditation for a number of weeks, until the sense of Heartfulness for yourself grows.
This meditation may at times feel awkward. It can also bring up feelings contrary to heartfulness, like irritation and anger. If this happens, be patient with yourself, allow whatever arises to be received in a spirit of understanding.
When you have established a strong sense of lovingkindness for yourself, you can include others. You can simply replace the Me in the phrases with You or someone’s name, or all beings.
The most important part of heartfulness is to follow the way that most easily opens your heart.
Written by Jeannie O’Neill