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LIVING FROM THE HEART
What Happens When You Meditate On Your Heart?

By PURAN BAIR

 

A reader asks:

What do you really expect will happen to people who meditate on their heart, using your method of Heart Rhythm Meditation?

The overall effect is that it allows people to make changes in themselves. There are three things necessary to effect a change: a clear vision of what you'd like to become, the energy to overcome inertia, along with the sensation of energy in your body, and emotion in the form of longing and strong desire for change.

When you meditate on your heart, the first effect is that the practice brings your attention into your body. Some people don't feel their body unless it's in movement or in pain. Just being able to feel your body is healthful. Most meditations take you out of your body; a focus on sensation is unusual and very centering. (energy)

Second, finding your heartbeat brings attention to your heart. By concentrating on your physical heart you become aware of your emotional heart. The heart has a different point-of-view on your life. You gain that point-of-view by contemplation, which comes from concentration. This will change your attitude toward others and yourself. (vision)

Third, the coordination of the heartbeat and the breath creates power in your heart, which you experience as magnetism and pressure. This gives you the energy to be the way you'd like to be and to accomplish what you most wish to accomplish. (energy).

Fourth, along the way somewhere, not necessarily in this order, the emotions of the heart become much more conscious. You remember many stored emotions that have not been resolved. Life becomes more emotionally rich. You find emotions behind the emotions and you find that any emotion connects to every other emotion. There develops a desire to better understand these layers and types of emotion. (emotion)

Fifth, the experience of who you are begins to shift. This is critical. The self-concept of identity is the filter that gives you access to some of the emotions over others. This is what it takes for the experiences of meditation to become fixed in your life. (vision, again)

Sixth, I hope for the experience of being connected to all beings, and to the One and Only Being. This may begin as a feeling of presence in the room where you're meditating. Or it may come as an emotion of humanity, much bigger than your own emotion. Or it may be that you just switch into the state of unity. (combination of vision, energy and emotion)

I think you can see why I'm so excited about meditating on the heart. It's a more complicated method than some other methods, and harder to learn. But what could be more worthwhile than the discovery of the beauty and power of your heart and the connection, through the heart, to all others?


Copyright 2000 The Institute for Applied Meditation, Inc.

 


Puran is an American, Sufi, spiritual leader, and author who has taught meditation to tens of thousands of people in the United States and Europe over twenty years. He is co-founder of the Institute for Applied Meditation, a non-profit, educational organization devoted to heart-based meditation.

Puran's book, Living From the Heart, published by Random House, has been hailed as a classic, "one of the most important texts ever written on meditation." He has taught his method, Heart Rhythm Practice, to CEO's, teams, and individuals from a broad spectrum of businesses, and has worked with leading researchers to document the physiological changes that occur during the different stages of meditation. Puran studied intensively for 25 years with his Sufi teacher, who charged him with training other students.

Professionally, Puran is a specialist in municipal bond investment, working in the financial services industry. Previously, he worked for IBM, Burroughs, and EG&G and was a consultant to AT&T and several financial institutions. His spiritual work has lead him to develop several environmentally sound inventions. He holds one patent in wind-energy power, with a second patent pending in high-speed composting. Puran holds an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He has five children.

 

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Heart Rhythm Meditation
A brief overview of Heart Rhythm Meditation.

 

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Institute for Applied Meditation, Inc.
A non-profit educational organization founded in 1988 by Susanna and Puran Bair. The site has information on heart rhythm meditation. The method is described in detail here.

 

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LIVING FROM THE HEART: HEART RHYTHM MEDITATION
By Puran Bair
By becoming mindful of their heartbeats, readers will be able to create a deep state of stillness and alertness, improve physical health, enhance intuition, and concentrate personal power. Bair illustrates the effectiveness of his program with stories of clients he has helped and with ancient teaching stories from the Sufi masters. Heart rhythm meditation is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators looking to expand their practice.

CHAPTER ONE IS ON THE WEB HERE

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