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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Heartbeat Meditation

I am bringing this back up because many of the new readers don't go deeply into the archives, and because I want to emphasize the importance of a meditation practice. If you are stirring up old emotional garbage, it is just like going on a fast and dumping fat-soluable toxins into your bloodstream. Your kidneys take a beating. In the same way, if you don't meditate, the emotional pain you are stirring up will cause you to stop your forward progress. You'll just run into a wall, believe me.
The most powerful safe form of Meditation I know (not all safe meditations are effective, not all effective ones are safe) is called "Heartbeat Meditation." It is simplicity itself: you sit and feel your heartbeat in your body. The more you relax, the easier it is to feel. After you've mastered this, you can feel your heartbeat in your yoga, your Tai chi, walking down the street, going to sleep, or any other time. Powerful. Try it for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. It is a darned fine beginning to a personal practice.



Anonymous said...

Is this sufi meditation.

It does resemblem some old sufi


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iservepharmacy said...

I know another name for this meditation type, is also know as "the rhythm meditation" you only have to synchronize the beat of your heart and your breathing.

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This can't work as a matter of fact, that is exactly what I believe.