Heart Centering Meditation for Inner Peace

Many meditations promise to quell an anxious mind or relax a tense body. But, what about the emotional center of our minds, bodies, and spirits—our hearts? Our health depends on how we breathe, feel, and connect, which means that we can’t simply ignore the energy and care of our hearts. Norwegian writer Arne Garborg wrote, “To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten.” There are many times in life when we are grateful for those who can sing our heart song back to us when we most need it; however, we never truly forget the tune. It is possible to get in touch with the depths of our hearts—for some, it just takes a little attunement and intention. Our hearts, like our guts, rarely lead us astray. If you are looking to switch up your meditation routine this holiday season, or you’re interested in developing a practice, give this mediation a try!

Heart Centering Meditation For Inner Peace 

-Place your right hand over your heart, and gently place your left hand on top of the right and have your thumbs touch.

-Once in this position, take a deep breath. Draw your attention to relaxing the body and your breath. Let the air fill your body and feel the warmth and energy surrounding your heart.

-To begin, breathe in reverence and compassion. After a few breaths focusing on the energy of compassion, invite in the innate harmony and healing presence of the world.

-Feel a sense of creating love in action. With each breath, drop into the meditation more deeply. Turn your attention to a desire to heal—it can be you, another person, or the world.

-After about 10 breaths inviting a healing energy into your body, think about unconditional love. What does unconditional love look like? Do you feel this unconditional love energy flowing throughout your body?

-Note any subtle energetic shifts in your body.

Could it really be that simple? Connecting with our hearts can help us live our true, authentic path. Now more than ever, it seems that meditation is needed in the world. If you can set your intention to practice the meditation for just five or ten minutes a day, you will feel a shift in your energy, gratitude, and mind.

Leigh Winters | Editor-in-Chief
Written by Leigh Winters | Editor-in-Chief
Leigh Winters, M.A./M.S., is a clinical researcher at Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry’s New York State Psychiatric Institute. She works in the Substance Use Research Center on opioid, cocaine, and alcohol treatment trials that involve motivational enhancement therapy, pharmacological facilitation of mindfulness training, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, and mind-body practices. Leigh is a certified aromatherapist and Ayurveda specialist. She is passionate about health and wellness and enjoys writing. Leigh holds dual master's degrees from Columbia University in Clinical Psychology & Neuroscience. Reach out to Leigh via leigh@wiseandwell.co or on Instagram @wiseandwellco.