World Kindness Day: Heart-Centred Meditation For Love, Compassion, And Kindness
Be present. This is the only moment that matters.I recently shared a post on social media about the legend behind a famous Christmas floral ornament. I ended the post by saying that the miracle lies in your personal decision to be present, regardless of what’s in your hands.
That, folks, is the secret to heart-centred meditation. You have to be present – whether that means ‘showing up’ in a challenging situation, or observing the emotional turbulence in your heart at a given moment in time (being ‘mindful’).
You show up, because you care. You choose to be mindful, when you understand that you can’t love, or help, anyone else, till you do so for yourself. The starting point is the toughest, the ugliest. It’s called self-introspection.
Here are easy suggestions for heart-centred meditation, which you can incorporate into your daily meditation:
1. Remind yourself what your ‘heart-centre’ is. It’s that chakra, or spinning vortex of life-energy, that resides in the centre of your chest, and symbolises the meeting point of your physical and spiritual being. That’s why it’s so important to keep it healthy! The colour/aura radiated by this chakra is green.
2. A good starting point is to accept yourself in your current condition, which will be a mix of the good and the bad, in varying degrees. Visualise your open palms receiving the Universal life-giving Light, and tell yourself that you make peace with who you are, right now.
3. Imagine this Light entering your being, and focusing its potency on your heart. Visualise the green aura of the heart centre/chakra as being at its brightest tinge, engulfing your heart, and spreading progressively throughout your chest and body.
4. This is the difficult part. Imagine yourself gathering all the pain you’ve caused to yourself, and to others, and offering it to a stream of running water, or into the depths of a deep, still, and transparent lake. Let it go. See it floating/drifting away, till you can no longer see it.
5. Tell yourself that you’re unburdened, and now strong enough to seek the solutions for your pain.
6. Vow that you’ll do what it takes to heal, and if that makes you cry, tell yourself that you won’t forget to laugh afterwards.
7. Have the courage to revisit your suffering, but the aim isn’t to get stuck there. It’s to remind yourself that you’re stronger, and more worthy than you think. Thank the Light for helping you put the negativity behind you, and ask It to continue radiating inside your heart, and guide your future movements.
8. As you do this, visualise yourself in ‘ideal scenarios’, the desirable happy endings to all your problems. See a stronger, healthier, happier version of yourself, living out that scenario as though things were never really different.
9. Don’t force these future visions. Let your subconscious take over. Just keep repeating a short, simple chant to yourself. Something to the effect of, “I use my share of the Universal Light to honour my soul, love my body, and respect the life given to me.” Use any phrasing that works for you, but focus your intention on growth, love, safety, and empathy.
Pantone, famous for its industrial colour-matching system, has announced its colour for 2018. It’s green. There’s no such thing as coincidence. Just saying.