I make no excuses, unashamedly I write an awful lot about the heart in this blog. My mindfulness and meditation journey seems to be taking me more and more into this area, into the heart centre. Compassion seems too light a word for it, it is like tapping into our very being, our very essence, our inner guide.
Listening to the heart
The voice of the heart is quiet, our mind loves to barge right in and drown it out. It takes time, everyday I just listen a little more. In silence and solitude, the heart will start to speak.
Connect with the breath, the anchor. Put your attention to your heart centre and breathe deeply into that area. As you breath in, visualize light going straight to your heart, as you breath out visualize darkness leaving your heart, just listen.
Being the light in the dark
However hard we try, we really can’t escape the fact that there is injustice and harm in the world. We will at some point have to face our darkest hour, I am not trying to be a doom monger here, it is just a fact. We can face this with fear, anger, rage even. Or we could try to up our level of kindness, respect, humility, compassion and integrity to others but first and foremost ourselves. We have a choice.
Maybe the most bold and courageous thing we will ever do is to be a light in the darkness for ourselves.
Put your hand on your heart, breathe into that space, give yourself the love and compassion you need. Know that its just fine to be yourself. We are unique, there is only one you and only one me. Follow the inner guidance of the heart, just listen.
When I look back in my meditation log / journal to when I started heart meditations, there is something that stands out from the page. STRENGTH. It is repeated no less than 5 times on the page. Heart work has the ability to give us strength to face whatever situations crop up in our lives. To head into the dark, trusting the light within, to stand on our own two feet.
At the bottom of that particular page in my journal, just underneath the title “loving kindness meditation” is a little sentence that will forever stand out for me on this journey we call life…
“I can be my own father”
That’s the kind of strength I mean.
May you be well
May you be happy
May you be free from suffering
May you be the light in the dark