There is an ancient meditation called the HEART MEDITATION, originally devised by ATISHA, the great Tibetan Mystic. This meditation contends that one can absorb the miseries of the world into the heart riding the “in-breath” transform it into joy and happiness and give it back to the world with the “out-breath”. This sounds over-simplified for sure, but that is the “magic of the heart” : IT IS SIMPLE & EXTRAORDINARY.
When there are tragedies like earthquakes, we see the enormity of the disaster and looking at them, we feel helpless. This is when people wonder how meditation can help. Logically, it may be difficult to understand, but there is another reality of life which is not visible to the conscious mind —– the reality of the heart in which humans are all connected together. The vast ocean of the collective unconscious connects human beings to each other at a deeper level. We are not as separate as we appear to be. Hence, the enlightened masters talk about “oneness” and “one world”. As we are plugged into the same “life energy”, we can help each other if we sincerely wish to.
The positive thinkers ask you to breathe in joy and happiness and breathe out misery and pain. It means you are adding your misery to the already existing mass of misery in the world. Secondly, there should be joy in your heart, in the first place, or else how would you give it to the world ? It is like lending money when you have gone bankrupt.
Osho says, “The positive thinkers don’t know about the miraculous transformative power of the heart. The moment you take all the sufferings of the world inside you, sufferings cease to exist. The heart immediately transforms the energy. The heart is a “transforming force” : drink in misery, and it is transformed into blissfulness. Then pour it out. And when you breathe out, breathe out all the joy that you have, all the blissfulness that you have. This is the method of compassion : drink in all the suffering and pour out all the blessings. Once you have learned that your heart can do this magic, you will like to do it again and again.”
Once you experience how pain and suffering can be transformed into joy through the breath and heart you may like to apply this method silently whenever people or events around you become unbearable.
Instead of being disturbed by them, breathe in the negativity and breathe out your peace. You have found the trick of “being in the world and not belonging to it.”
—————– Amrit Sadhana.