LISTEN TO YOUR HEART CENTER

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Awakening takes place as much in the heart center as in the head.

Meditate long enough and you will begin to perceive the seat of consciousness in your chest, near your heart, in what Buddhists often call the “heart center.”

We usually think of mind as inhabiting the brain, but we also have a “heart mind,” which resides in the heart center. Since thoughts are wispy and ephemeral, and no one knows where they come from (do you?), they can arise as much in your heart mind as in your brain mind.

This is necessary. Awakening is a matter of infinite wisdom, or brain mind, combined with infinite compassion, or heart mind. So having thoughts arise in your heart mind is a very good sign.

So keep meditating.

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