The heart centres have in them such wonderful qualities like joy and courage as well as unconditional love. The energy in the heart centres can not only be felt by yourself, but they can radiate out and touch others, which influences their heart centres.
By focusing on the heart centres, you access this great energy, and help it grow. It has a positive effect on all of your body and all of your systems, and has a long-term on your mind. The heart centres just love.
The mind does have an effect on the heart, and the heart has an effect on the mind. Judgement against other people, holding a grudge, being continually angry with someone, and not forgiving people or situations does block the heart centres from expressing as much love and light as they could. Even beginning to forgive and let go has an effect and more love can flow. (Forgiveness is not the same as putting up with a situation, if change and letting go is required.)
In our head based society, meditation on the heart rebalances us so we become more and more 50% head and 50% heart. Too much heart and we end up being flaky. Too much head and we become intellectual and dry, missing out on so much of what it means to be human and missing out on the richness of life.
I’ve used the term heart centre rather than heart centres in the meditation, as a collective grouping in the meditation works fine. Otherwise, things could be overcomplicated for now.
Here’s the meditation:
In a quiet and comfortable place, close your eyes.
Take a few gentle and deep breaths, letting go.
Imagine that you can feel your heart centre in the middle of your chest. Imagine you can see it like a ball of light, shining away. What is glowing there is love.
Keep your gentle focus on that glowing love. Just touch it lightly with your awareness. As you do so, it grows and expands. The unconditional love in your heart just grows naturally at its own pace. All you have to do is simply allow it.
Enjoy the feeling of this glowing and shining love in your heart.
Each time you have a distracting thought, simply let it go and bring your awareness back to your heart centre.
Keep your focus on your heart centre and the love and light shining there.
You might notice the feelings of other qualities besides love.
For several moments left yourself feel and see the love in your heart centre, and feel it radiating out.
You might like to allow love to radiate out like rays of light to people you know, places you know, and situations.
Notice if you like, where the love shines out to. Let the love shine out for a few moments.
Now bring your awareness out from your heart centre a little. Imagine seeing some double doors in front of your heart. Let these doors close. Seal them with a white rose placed on them.
Now become aware of your body and your fingers and toes. Take a few breaths, and when you are ready, open your eyes.
If you want to, you can extend the time you do this meditation for 20 minutes is a good amount of time. Best not to do for longer than an hour maximum, as that can effect your ability to function in the world, and that is not the point of meditation.