YES, YOU CAN DO IT!
DAAJI introduces a new Heartfulness practice and shows us how to set up a daily routine that will create balance in our lives.
What does a balanced life mean to you?
How often do you find yourself feeling pulled in different directions, juggling many things at once? How do you balance them all? Does a balanced life mean giving equal importance to everything? And how would you do that in a life full of uncertainties? Though you may start your day with a routine mapped out, it is normal to be affected by the unexpected, by big and small personal and work issues, by the actions of others, by stress, ill health, environmental issues, and so on. All these create ripples in everyday life.
How to bring about peace and balance?
One way to bring balance is to establish a regular meditative practice, a routine that positively nurtures your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Heart-based meditative practices will bring you centeredness, deeper understanding, and a more grounded perspective amidst the unpredictability and dilemmas of life.
Your heart is your conscience. It is there to guide you at every moment. The roots of your emotions lie in your heart; and the condition of your heart determines your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states. When the heart is clear, so is the mind. When the heart is at peace, the mind is at rest, and you feel balanced.
When the heart is clear, so is the mind.
When the heart is at peace, the mind is at rest,
and you feel balanced.
In the first two editions this year, I introduced the Heartfulness Meditation and Cleaning practices. Morning Meditation relaxes the body and mind, allowing you to dive deeper into the superconscious and subconscious levels of your mind. You start to feel what is unfolding in your inner universe, your heart. Evening Cleaning removes the heaviness and complexities that accumulate during the day, clearing the way for lightness and positive change.
Another core practice is the Heartfulness Prayer, usually done just before bed at night to wind down and prepare for a good night’s sleep.
Prayer is communication. It can range from the superficial to the profound: a simple conversation, progressively deeper levels of communication, and eventually a state of communion. Prayer is a potent way to communicate with the divinity within yourself. Like all good communication, it brings connection. Prayer is also a way to establish a state of osmosis in that flow of connection.
In the quietness of the evening, before sleep, the mind is open to learning from the day’s mistakes, which are often unintentional, vowing not to repeat them going forward. It is a wonderful opportunity for continuous improvement, to compassionately let go of whatever unfortunate things you may have done to others and to yourself, consciously or unconsciously. As you drift off to sleep, a deep inner connection is established throughout the night, and you will wake feeling well-rested and fresh the next morning.
These three practices complement each other. During morning Meditation, you learn to be open and receptive, diving deep into your heart. The inner vacuum created during the evening Cleaning, combined with the yielding connected state during the Prayer, open the heart to intuition and solutions you may be seeking. This establishes balance in action –you can plan your way forward by resolving issues that caused the imbalance in the first place.
A meditative practice won’t always prevent turmoil and challenges from happening, but it will make you stronger from within and more grounded, so that you view all the issues objectively, deal with them wisely without losing focus or stability, learn from them, and consequently emerge as a better version of yourself. This process itself is balance.
Heartfulness practices help you to go from dealing with life,
to balancing it, to integrating the balanced state,
and finally creating peace and joy within and all around you.
And with ongoing practice, you will strengthen this balance, until it becomes so well integrated into your life that you are able to weather any storm life throws at you; much like a tree drawing sustenance through its roots, which are so deep in the ground that no storm can fell it. Heartfulness practices help you to go from dealing with life, to balancing it, to integrating the balanced state, and finally creating peace and joy within and all around you.
These practices are more effective once you have had three free meditation sessions with a certified trainer. You can find and contact a trainer near you at www.heartspots.heartfulness.org.
I wish you all the best,
Kamlesh Patel is known to many as Daaji. He is the Heartfulness Guide in a tradition of Yoga meditation that is over 100 years old, overseeing 14,000 certified Heartfulness trainers and many volunteers in over 160 countries. He is an innovator and researcher, equally at home in the fields of spirituality and science, blending the... Read more
Very good article. It refreshed and rejuvenated my inner harmony.