“Bright but hidden, the Self dwells in the heart.

Everything that moves, breathes, opens, and closes lives in the Self-the source of love.

Realize the Self hidden in the heart and cut asunder the knot of ignorance here and now.”
— The Upanishads, translation by Eknath Easwaran

Preparation

Locating the Heart centre

The heart centre does not exist at the same location as our physical heart, but rather, at the central point of our central channel, or sushumna. Follow the short audio meditation to locate your own before moving into the guided practices.


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The heart lotus meditation will utilise two mudras, or specific hand postures.

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The first is Anjali mudra. 

Familiar for many from the end of their Yoga classes, Anjali is often translated as heart, but more accurately translates as 'space', and indeed there should be space within the mudra.


Unlike a prayer position where the palms are pressed flat together, and sometimes with the fingers spread, in anjali mudra the fingers remain close together whilst the palms themselves open to create a space in the centre of the hands. This space is representative of the space within our energetic heart centre, from which, if we can allow it, the bliss of samadhi will pour from.  



The second is Padma mudra. 


Padma translates directly as Lotus, and the outspread hands atop the stem of the arms represent to upward growth and opening of the lotus flower. 


Here, the heels of the palms remain in contact, but the fingertips and fingers spread apart and open.

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The Practice (10mins)