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30 December 2006 @ 11:56 am
Heart Meditation  
I've added a link in the sidebar to a brief audio heart meditation offered by Sally Kempton on her website. Kempton invokes the image of the breath as an open door within the heart:

"Focus your attention on the breath as it comes in and goes out. Allow the inhalation to bring your awareness in the heart center...Feel that the breath is gently flowing in and out through your heart. It's as if there were an open door in your heart and the breath moves in and out through the door."

If your heart space is feeling small from stress, fatigue, or over-busyness, please click on the link and enjoy one or two minutes of gentle coaching to expand the heart.

Kempton's image reminds me of Shunryu Suzuki's words  about  breathing during  zazen practice:

"When we practice zazen, our mind always follows our breathing. When we inhale, the air comes into the inner world. When we exhale, the air goes out to the outer world. The inner world is limitless, and the outer world is also limitless. We say "inner world" or "outer world," but actually there is just one whole world. In this limitless world, out throat is like a swinging door. The air comes in and goes out like someone passing through a swinging door. If you think, "I breathe," the "I" is extra. There is no you to say "I." What we call "I" is a just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. It just moves; that is all. When your mind is pure and calm enough to follow this movement, there is nothing: no "I", no world, no mind nor body; just a swinging door."  (from Zen Mind, Beginners's Mind, "Breathing")
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