Quieting the Mind Opening the Heart
To put it simply, the act of meditation involves quieting the
mind so you can open the heart. That's it in a nutshell.
We often believe our hearts are open and we can feel much of what
is going on in our lives. Yet to truly open the heart means we
have to stop the thinking, the judging, the opinions, the
analyzing, the questioning, the doubting, and just love. It's all
that unconditional stuff. The act of doing this, takes practice
and patience. Learning to meditate means learning to love. To
love our self. To love all others. To love the oneness of all. To
The connection you feel when you 'plug in' to this oneness is the
most irresistible state of love you will ever feel. Makes it
sound like it's worth the effort doesn't it? Maybe you've had
glimpses of this - moments when you felt it, and your heart
expanded. The beauty of nature in a spectacular sunset or a
magnificent rushing waterfall, a child's innocent embrace, a long
awaited accomplishment, an exhilarating sport or excursion, being
with the one you love.
These can make you 'feel' in the biggest sense of the word. And
the feeling can be described as wonderfully peaceful, coupled
with a glorious uplifting, a lightening up of the heart. What
these experiences all have in common is an external factor.
Something had to be there, something had to be seen, in order to
involve our senses. These 'things' serve to trigger this
Meditation serves the same purpose. It teaches you to connect
with this feeling all on your own, without any outside stimuli.
The source of that loving feeling is always within you. But what
happens most often is that you don't know how to access it on our
own. You wait for the triggers, look for the triggers, and in
fact even seek out the triggers, because you believe they are the
When you quiet your mind, you are closing down the outside
stimuli. You are holding the mirror up to yourself, deep within
yourself, and waiting to see/feel the love. It's there, but the
practice is necessary to learn to wait quietly, build patience,
and stroke and nurture your loving heart.
Most of us have shy hearts and loud minds, and meditation serves
to reverse this so we can truly feel the bliss and the joy and
the 'highs 'we so crave in our lives.
Now, meditation can be made to be much more complicated than what
I have described. There are countless books, tapes, courses and
workshops that deal with the core principles of meditation, and
then expand upon them. They go into many, many aspects, avenues,
theories, understandings, types, etc. It can be quite
overwhelming for the beginner. But it's perfect for the
intermediate student of meditation.
When you are beginning, the less said the better. Keeping it
simple is very important, because the process of meditation is so
simple. If it's not working, or if you want to know more about
it, or you are ready to know more about it, then by all means
read, study, learn. It's like taking the same route to the
supermarket every day and then finding out there are other ways
of getting there, other roads that lead there, other journeys you
Study and practice of meditation has the potential to open up
many layers of your heart. Everything in your life therefore
opens up with it. Relationships bloom, work purpose is found,
vibrant health is allowed, because love affects your belief
system, your attitudes, your choices. Anger dissolves before it
ever manifests, frustration mellows out, the pit of sadness and
depression are filled up like never before. These are the
promises of meditation. These are the long-term rewards. But in
the beginning, meditation is simply quieting your mind so you can
open your heart.
© 2004 Christopher Stewart
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