Connecting with the Heart
I believe that love will change the world. Many wiser and greater people than I have said this before, but I couldn’t help noticing that not everyone seems to be listening, so I’m saying it again. Not only wise and great people say this, even musicians say it. Musicians like The Beatles: “All you need is love…” or Hal David and Burt Bacharach: “What the world needs now is love sweet love…”
A lot of people seem to agree that love is really important. And there really should be no shortage – after all, love is the ultimate renewable resource – it never runs out. So how do we get more access to it?
That’s where spiritual chanting and meditation come in. This meditation practice you are learning can help you to balance mind and heart and tap into that source of inexhaustible love and share it around.
A lot of people think meditation is a kind of relaxation, or stress relief. More and more health facilities offer meditation classes because it reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and has all kinds of physiological benefits. But remember, those are just side effects. Meditation was invented for a bigger reason. After all, you don’t find people singing: “All you need is health, da da da da da all you need is relaxation, da da da da da, all you need is lower blood pressure, stress management is all you need.”
What the world needs now really is love. And you need it too – so unless you’re from some other world, listen up. To connect your mind with your spiritual heart, you need to get access to them both. Long ago yogis figured out a simple way to do this. They called it ‘bhakti yoga’, also known as the ‘yoga of devotion’. Through the practice of bhakti yoga you can get in touch with the love that is already within you, get access to it more often, more deeply, more universally and more consistently. If you do this, it will transform your life. You will find yourself happier, healthier, more vital, and more alive than you dreamed possible. Other people will like you more because you will like them more. You will certainly like yourself a lot more.
Universal Love is an infectious condition. As you develop your meditation practice it will begin to reflect in your actions, your mood and your personality, and it will spread. You will become more compassionate, kinder, more loving, more understanding, patient, stronger, self-confident, insightful, creative, inspiring and a generally nicer kind of person.
And your love will change the world.
What’s Love Got to Do With It?
Ask yourself, who, in your life, do you really love? Maybe your partner, or perhaps a child or parent or dear friend. Maybe it’s your dog! On a day when you’re both in a really good mood, how does it feel to be together? Don’t you feel love? But notice how the feeling doesn’t actually come from the other person (or dog). It comes from inside you. In fact, it was inside you all along. Sometimes being with the right person or in the right situation, can switch it on.
Now imagine if you knew how to switch it on all by yourself so that you had a way of waking up that feeling at any time. If you did that every day in your meditation, how might your life begin to change? Write your thoughts about that in your journal.
“There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.” -Johnny Depp
Remember that all the love, peace and happiness you’ve ever felt comes from within you. Your object in meditation is to connect with the source of the feelings that give our lives meaning. You are not meditating on anything other than your own innermost Self.