Your heartbeat is the constant of your life on earth. Whether you are awake or asleep, healthy or unwell, your heart beats within. No matter how you look or what you wear, your heart beats on. No matter what you are thinking or feeling, what you have been, what you are or will become, your heart beats. In happiness and despair, in victory and defeat, in glory and shame alike – your heart beats on regardless.

Exercise

The following exercise is only for the brave.

Sit alone, somewhere quiet, with your spine straight, yet comfortable. Be fully alert.

Focus on your breathing, slowing its flow till it is smooth, steady and silent. Allow all stress of thoughts, desires, challenges, dreams and aspirations – your very identity – to depart with your outgoing breath, dissipating into nothingness.

You alone are the centre and heart of a silent universe: its motor, your heartbeat. Listen to your heartbeat from within, watch it in wonder, observe, admire and adore it, lose yourself in it,                   become

only            your            heart           beat.

You have no mind, no thoughts, no feelings, not even any form: you are only your heartbeat. Your heartbeat is the pulse of the universe and of every living being in it. Your heart beats in and through every beating heart, great and miniscule, sustaining the secret life in every thing, from the tiniest particle to the grandest galaxy.

Your heartbeat is your soul’s signature, its sacred gift of life, a gift for you to live, use, enjoy and offer lovingly, wisely, fully, gloriously and unreservedly.

What almighty force impels this marvellous miracle?

To what purpose does your heart beat?

Concentrate yourself utterly inside your heartbeat. Nothing else is. Listen carefully, attentively, exclusively, eagerly and devotedly … you will feel, become and reveal your soul’s purpose.

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