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Old 02-10-2010, 03:07 AM
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Your Transforming Heart

YOUR TRANSFORMING HEART


This meditation is based on an ancient Tibetan practice known as Tonglen, and has been used by many generations and traditions to cultivate bodhichitta, or compassion.

Once the steps have been practiced it becomes very simple. It can be used as a way to open and heal one's own heart, for developing the ability of living from the heart rather than the head, for dissolving feelings of separation and isolation, and for giving unconditionally to others, specifically or globally. This is the true nature of Love Itself.

The outer, emotional heart may give pain as well as pleasure, true, but as one becomes more aware one accepts the pain as a blessing, an opportunity. The quality of the pain naturally starts changing because you are no longer resisting it. Then it is no longer pain; it is a fire that will cleanse and deepen you.

It is a transmutation, a transformation process, in which the old will go and the new will arrive; in which the mind will disappear and the inner, spiritual heart will function wholly. Then your life becomes a blessing.



TRANSFORMING HEART MEDITATION


This gift is from Atisha, a second century Tibetan teacher

When you breathe in, imagine you are breathing in the miseries of the people in the world - all the hardness, all the negativity and abuse, all the non-love that exists anywhere. Breathe it in and let it be absorbed in your Heart.

The so-called positive thinkers of the West say just the opposite but they don't know what they are saying. They say, when you breathe out throw out all your misery and negativity; and when you breathe in take in joy, positivity, happiness, cheerfulness. Atisha's powerful method is just the opposite.

When you inhale, breathe in all the misery and suffering of all the beings of the world.
When you exhale, breathe out all the joy you have ---
all the unconditional love, all the peace, all the silence.


You will be surprised at what happens. The moment you take in the sufferings of the world they are no longer sufferings. The Inner Heart immediately transforms the energy. The spiritual Heart is a transforming force. Drink in misery and it is transformed into blissfulness... then pour it out.

Breathe out and pour yourself into existence.
This is the method of compassion:
Drink in suffering and pour out blessings.

Compassion is being a transforming force in existence - transforming the ugly into the beautiful, kissing the frog and transforming it into a prince, transforming pain into healing, darkness into light.

If you find any hindrance in the meditation, notice if you are holding on to expectations and release through heart breathing

Once you have learned that your Heart can do this magic, this miracle of giving, you will like to do it more and more.


Begin with yourself.
Breathe your pain, your suffering, your conflicts and knots into your own pure inner Heart.
Then breathe out from your Heart into all parts of yourself.


Keep going... and notice your increasing lightness.


- adapted from Osho, “The Book of Wisdom”


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“If you can experience it - this is of tremendous importance - then start absorbing it. Don't throw it away. It is such a valuable energy; don't throw it away. Absorb it, drink it, accept it, welcome it, feel grateful to it. And say to yourself, 'This time I'm not going to avoid it, this time I'm not going to reject it, this time I'm not going to throw it away. This time I will drink it and receive it as a guest. This time I will digest it.'

“It may take a few days for your to be able to digest it, but the day it happens you have stumbled upon a door which will take you really far. A new journey has started in your life, you are moving into a new kind of being.....

“But start with your own self. Make a small experiment with your own pains, sufferings and miseries. The moment you accept the pain with no reject anywhere, its energy and its quality changes. It is no longer pain.

“And once you have found the key, then you can share it with the whole existence. Then you can take all the suffering of all the world, or all the worlds.

“Ride on the incoming breath and your small heart becomes bigger than the whole universe, then you know what miracles it can do. And pour out your blessings. It is the same energy passing through your heart that becomes bliss, that becomes blessing. Then let blessings go riding on the outgoing breath to all the nooks and corners of existence."



- from Osho, quoted in "Relaxing Into Clear Seeing" by Arjuna Nick Ardagh



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Old 16-10-2010, 03:09 PM
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wow!!! :) Thank you! This is great meditation and it feels so good!
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Old 16-10-2010, 04:06 PM
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You are right on that score, kindheart.

Xan, I ran across this on another post/thread in brief, or so I thought about a week ago and I was having trouble with someone at work who stressed me out and bothered my sensitive self so much. I decided to try this notion of basically breathing in the bad an breathing out the good...when I was driving home, I immediately started to do this (without any practice, mind you) and it turned out to be so easy it was like falling off a log, and well, with my imagination, it worked brilliantly and it made me feel so good!

As many oft tell you

~Keep up the good work, Xan!

Oh, btw P.S. You were going to work on something meditative or the like regarding something along the lines of sensuality / sexuality...how's that going?
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:03 PM
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Here's another transforming heart meditation, from arive nan who said I could re-post it.


"I lie down and just focus on the emotion of love itself. I spend some time concentrating on that feeling and the effects it has on my heart rate and mood and the warmth I feel in my skin near my heart chakra.

"Then I let the energy gradually expand from that point to the rest of my body. I concentrate on feeling it spread and grow, radiating out from the heart chakra. Don't rush this part.

"You know where the energy has spread by the sensations in your body. I let it take as long as it takes to spread to my entire body until I can feel it even in my fingers and toes and it's buzzing in my head making me feel something similar to drunk.

"I concentrate on feeling it in my entire body for a while. I feel it penetrating my self.

"Then I tell myself that this energy is the essence of what everything in the universe is made of. Being in love is being aware of it. The energy is me. It is what I am made of. I meditate on that until it's not just a thought anymore and it becomes an experience.

"When the moment happens that I become fully aware that I am that energy, it is quite profound. All the sensations that I took effort to focus on earlier become so strong they can't be ignored. The feeling of love itself intensifies so much it's kind of overwhelming. But I sit with it and spend some in this state.

"Then I let energy and the awareness of being that energy expand beyond the body. Everything is made of this. Not just this body. I feel myself being this energy outside of my body, in everything, in every place in the universe. Then I stay in this state of awareness for as long as I can, because it's a lot of fun.

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After doing this I feel more alive, I can handle stress better and approach matters more calmly."


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Old 07-11-2010, 10:04 PM
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Oh, btw P.S. You were going to work on something meditative or the like regarding something along the lines of sensuality / sexuality...how's that going?

It's still in the 'not right now' category, and thanks for the reminder Silvergirl.


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Old 08-11-2010, 09:25 PM
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that sounds like a great meditation. I am putting myself on a 21day program to do it and see how it can benefit me. Im just a bit concerned about the breathing in of misery, sadness, stress, guilt, instead of breathing them out. Wont that increase or intensify them?
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:59 PM
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Il'Divino... If we breathed in misery and kept it we would definitely add to our negativity.

However, the gift of this meditation lies in the transforming power of the heart. Whatever energy we bring into the heart is changed and uplifted by love itself. Then we breathe out caring and compassion which frees us from our usual excessive self-focus, and heals and releases us as well.

Try it first with emotions of your own and you'll see what I mean.


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Old 08-11-2010, 11:29 PM
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thank you Xan~!
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:40 PM
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You're most welcome, Shabda.


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Old 09-11-2010, 05:31 PM
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Il'Divino... If we breathed in misery and kept it we would definitely add to our negativity.

However, the gift of this meditation lies in the transforming power of the heart. Whatever energy we bring into the heart is changed and uplifted by love itself. Then we breathe out caring and compassion which frees us from our usual excessive self-focus, and heals and releases us as well.

Try it first with emotions of your own and you'll see what I mean.


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thanx Xan. I wil certainly do that
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