Read about the framework
Awakening the Heart
Sign of Awakeness:
Awakening/ Non-Dual Experiences:
One sense door, non-dual and unity consciousness, Universal and personal love
Sign of Closedness:
Disconnection, solipsism, disharmony, loneliness, depression
Feels like you don’t belong in the world
How to Wake Up:
Connecting with experience and each other
Embracing grief and parts that are normally turned away from
Working with These Parts
Meditation concentration object: Direct knowing – how can you open to and experience more of what is here?
Element: Fire – transformation and warmth
Process of working with content in the Heart: Focusing, feeling, enjoying
People start to heal when they feel: Connected & cared about
Archetype: Lover, Child
Practices: Concentration meditation, heart practices, tonglen, interpersonal practices, crying to sad music
An in-depth talk (50 minutes) on open-hearted connection with all experience and a guided Jhana meditation (35 minutes)
A guided meditation taking you on a journey through the different heart states and how we can adopt them with radical open-heartedness (40 minutes).
A short practice for getting in touch with your heart space (5 minutes)
Tara Smeenk and I journey through the experience of the heart. This is an example of how a connection with this part of experience can emerge through meditative and shared practice.
The journey has been edited; the long silences and pauses that are intrinsic to this style of practice have been edited out to make it easier to listen to.