Lotus Flower Meditation
"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
Sit in your meditative pose and breathe deeply and slowly. Relax your entire body. If you feel any tension, focus on the feeling of space in that area to relax it.
Inhale and move your consciousness up slowly from the base of the perineum up to the center of your chest. Continue to focus on your chest as you breathe deeply.
Allow your awareness of the sensations in your chest to deepen. As you breathe in, breathe into the heart.
As you focus on the heart during your breath, imagine a lotus flower slowly opening its petals as you inhale. As you exhale, just rest your awareness inside the lotus flower.
As feeling and thoughts arise, imagine them like drops of water on the petals of your heart flower that will drip down or evaporate as the seasons change.
As you rest within your lotus flower, feel the abundance of unconditional love emerge. Continue to breathe steadily as you exist harmoniously within your bountiful heart flower.
Once you feel comfortable in your heart flower, bring your palms together in the Salutation Seal or prayer pose and take a moment to feel gratitude for the benefits you've received.
To deepen your meditation, try using a timer or alarm clock so that you don't have to worry about the amount of time you spend meditating.
It can also be beneficial to ring a bell or hear a harmonious tone before and after your meditation. This practice will send an unconscious signal to your body and spirit to slip into a deep meditation upon hearing it.