You may have noticed that the meditation was written with a strong focus on keeping our hearts “open” and “expanded.” You may be wondering, what that means exactly?!?
At NUMINOUS, the organization sponsoring the Global Peaceful Cities Project, we strive to condition our bodies to keep our chest muscles relaxed and breathing equally paced to maintain heart coherence as much as possible. When we experience heart coherence, our heart lifts, and we can savor sweet delightful emotions again.
It is not easy. Life is always challenging us. Sometimes, it takes us a while to return to a coherent heart. However, we know the incredible benefits so we press on.
We come to learn that when we tighten and restrict the heart area, sweet feelings stop. We also gain a deep realization that we are the only person responsible for restricting love in our lives when we constrict our hearts.
In the Juneteenth meditation, we train to keep our hearts soft and expanded in the face of suffering. When we can do this, we make an amazing discovery. Love is infinite! We don’t have to always feel separate, victimized, and challenged. We can allow our hearts to bloom and become a glutton for love to allow grace to come through us but not from us. The more we practice becoming open vessels for good feelings, we learn we don’t want to be responsible for stopping it! We get addicted to feeling love, and it feels good!
I hope you start practicing this skill in daily life. You will find that with more practice, you will get even better living from sublime spaces. We make the delightful discovery, there is always room for more sweetness!
In my interview with Dr. Rolling McCraty below, recorded in 2018 in California, at the Institute of Heartmath, you will learn more resilient aspects of the power of the human heart. We have been grateful to be collaborating with them since 2015. I encourage you to go to their websites at:
With great love,
Interview with Dr. Rollin McCraty, Director of Research at the Institute of Heartmath
Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., director of research at the HeartMath Institute(HMI), is a professor at Florida Atlantic University. McCraty is a psychophysiologist whose interests include the physiology of emotion.
McCraty and the members of his research team have worked in joint partnerships with research groups at Stanford University, Claremont Graduate University, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Saudi Arabia and the University of Lithuania among many others.
He is one of the primary creators of the Global Coherence Initiative and the principal designer of the Global Coherence Monitoring System and its international network of magnetic field sensor sites. Related to this, McCraty heads up HMI and GCI researchers investigating the relationship between human and geomagnetic field environments and the interconnectedness of and communication among all living systems. They also investigate how these fields act as central synchronizing signals within the body, carry emotional information, and serve as key mediators of energetic interactions between people and living systems.
Please visit https://www.heartmath.org to learn more about how people are learning about heart coherence all over the globe to facilitate societal peace.
We need this work now more than ever in these difficult times.