I am a part of all things and all things are a part of me. — Mystics Worldwide.
In Latin, the word for breath is “spiritus”, which means “spirit”. To inhale is to “inspire” or to “bring in spirit”. Mystics know that breath is a current of spirit that connects all life. Spiritual meditation benefits begin with the breath. Breath connects us with the Divine.
Spiritual meditation benefits can be gained by going deeply and intimately into the personal experience of your own heartbeat. This is the practice of Heart Rhythm Meditation.
Meditation that coordinates breath and heartbeat has been practiced for millennia, dating back to early Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Among eastern Christian mystics, this was known as the Prayer of the Heart and is described in the old Russian classic The Way of the Pilgrim. Many world wisdom traditions include practices that synchronize breath and heartbeat. Native cultures around the world have used the drum to entrain the rhythm of people’s heartbeats during ceremonies and community gatherings.
When we meditate, mind and body and heart and emotion start to become one.
Meditating on the heart goes back to antiquity in the Sufi tradition. A Sufi’s religion is the religion of the heart, making it easily moved by beauty and able to love. It is what causes one to remember the awe and wonder of the universe. It is the experience of Unity or a connection to all things.
A mystic is someone who has had direct, personal experiences of the oneness of reality. The experience of mystics is the basis for all religion and philosophy. Mystics are mainly concerned with living a better life in this reality and helping those who seek help.
An example of an American mystic was Walt Whitman, who said, In every man I see myself. In this quote he expresses the mystic’s view of unity.
The mystical experience may occur spontaneously to anyone, or it may develop slowly over a lifetime of study and reflection upon life. –American Mystic Puran Bair
In the book Energize Your Heart in 4 Dimensions Puran Bair says that as you practice meditation you discover many of your best qualities: passion, guidance, confidence, courage. With the power of your heart you will love your life and bring others into your embrace. You will experience your own integrity and then your purpose in life. This is the wish of your heart. Then you will discover your connection to all people, directly, heart-to-heart.
Your path has brought you to where you are now and this is a wonderful place, which will lead you to an even more wonderful place.
Be guided by your heart. It gives you your sense of what is right, harmonious and conducive to happiness. Let your mind be the servant of your heart.
Remember your purpose in life. Your heart has held a wish all your life, something special for you to contribute to the greater whole. This is what we strive for spiritually in Heart Rhythm Meditation practice.