If you pay attention to yourself and those around you, more often than not you will find that most of us suffer from a closed heart. With all the best reasons in the world, remaining open to both giving and receiving love can be challenging at best. Unmet expectations and hurt feelings manifest themselves at every turn. Truth be told, however, it’s only through purposefully cultivating an open heart through practices like meditation that one can remain open despite the realities of this thing called life.
An oldie but goodie, Deepak Chopra shares a heart sutra meditation in this Care 2 post. According to Chopra, the purpose of a heart sutra meditation is to focus one’s attention and intention on gratitude rather than grievance. Practiced regularly, one can see that the difference between these two stances toward life is a choice.
Certain resentments and grievances–and the people associated with those resentment and grievances–may surface in your awareness. If they do, just say, “I let go of the grievances. I choose the miracles.”
Then become aware of your heart again, and consciously start to breathe into your heart. As you do, say to yourself, “Love … knowingness … bliss … love,” and then breathe out for the same count of four. Between each inhalation and exhalation pause for several seconds. Do this for three or four times.
The fire of your soul–which is love, knowingness, and bliss–will start to broadcast itself through the heart. The fire of your soul now begins to create your intention.
Read more from Chopra on keeping your heart open through a heart sutra meditation here.