My Heart in Meditation
Most mornings my alarm goes off and I feel easily drawn to my meditation cushion. It’s no longer a chore or a thing to do. It is what sustains me, both in life and in relationships. There is a simplicity and a freedom in being with things as they are, rather than as I wish they were or as I think they should be. What arises on the cushion is not always appealing, but the same is true of life. With time, however, there is a spaciousness in meeting life exactly as it is. In that space there is the potential for the deeper wisdom and compassion innate to us to be more available.
I have discovered through meditation that most things that really matter are often matters of the heart. Whether it’s in relation to myself, my family or community, every day I meet life with a heart that feels more open or one that feels hardened or defended in some way. This is the essence of what it means to be human. Rather than feeling that one way is right and the other wrong, we can arrive more consciously as we are and honor it as our experience. Perhaps we begin to see and feel the vulnerability of the stories that make us feel more guarded, while at the same time seeing the stories and circumstances that allow our hearts to remain open and available. The more we get to know our own humanity, the more we have the heart to see the same in others.
Every day each of us is meeting life to the best of our own capacity and with the basic goodness of our hearts. It is often in the places where our hearts feel harsh or troubled that the potential for growth and healing lies. There are no preconceptions of how this growth and healing may evolve. It can mean widening our hearts while holding boundaries that feel skillful or dissolving those that are no longer necessary. Tara Brach says, “We can do anything we need to do that is a wise action, but still release the armor around our hearts”. This is the essence and direction of the heart practices; a gentle and timely releasing of the armoring where it no longer serves us or others.
These practices have been impactful for me and I am grateful to have the opportunity to share them with you. I would love for you to join me on October 8th at Yoga Yoga North to begin this beautiful journey together.
5 week series begins October 8th, noon: Getting to the Heart of Meditation
For more information: http://www.yogayoga.com/calendar/details?event_id=234081
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it”.