Being in the Heart
MEDITATION BY DR. LORIN ROCHE
A meditation on gratitude inspired by The Radiance Sutras
Hrdya (herd-ya) means “being in the heart” in Sanskrit – and also “inward, innermost, beloved, cherished, grateful.” Many of the meditation practices we
receive from the yoga tradition invite us to go inward
and inhabit our hearts in a profound way. The path
inward is that of cherishing and being grateful. Dare
to be intimate with life, find the courage to be tender,
and move through this world in touch with the innermost soul. When we do this, our senses open up and
drink in the mystery of creation.
Meditation makes my senses vibrantly alive, so I am
in awe of existence. The intensity is hard to take. In
this state of heightened appreciation, there is a sense
of being continually stretched open, a feeling of my
heart being stretched as if I were in a heart-yoga class.
It is odd to think of gratitude as something almost
painful, like the sweet, reverent, aching, marvelous
sensation of extending in asana.
I’ll come in from surfing to see babies playing on the
beach and dozens of five-year-old girls and boys boogie boarding in the shore break, laughing in the foam.
It is a scene from heaven. I feel privileged just to witness it: The delight sends a flash of light through my
entire being. I receive such a profound blessing in that
moment that I wonder: Have I done enough to give
back to the world?
The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a classic yoga meditation text, describes over a hundred practices for
entering divine perception right here in the midst of
daily life. This is one:
The senses declare an outrageous world
Sounds and scents, ravishing colors and shapes,
Ever-changing skies, iridescent reflections
All these beautiful surfaces
Decorating vibrant emptiness.
The god of love is courting you.
Every perception is an invitation into revelation.
Hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, touching
Ways of knowing creation,
Transmissions of electric realization.
The deepest reality is always right here.
Encircled by splendor,
In the center of the sphere,
Meditate where the body thrills
To currents of intimate communion.
Follow your senses to the end and beyond
Into the heart of space.