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"The heart is the place where we live our
passions. It is frail and easily broken, but wonderfully resilient. There is
no point in trying to deceive the heart. It depends upon our honesty for its
- Leo Buscaglia
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."
"The physical heart is our strongest
muscle; it also functions as the core of our feeling dimension. Like any
muscle, the heart grows stronger with use. By creating a feeling
connection between our heart and our voice, thought, touch, sight and hearing,
we instantly access the safest, most accessible method for opening the heart.
We create this feeling connection by allowing awareness to penetrate the heart.
The moment this connection occurs we contact the love of our Higher Self; we
transcend fear, sorrow, and anger; and we heal ourselves and others."
- Dan Millman, No Ordinary Moments, 1992, p. 261
"The NonDual Śaiva Tantra's preferred name
for the supreme principle of reality is the Heart. We must distinguish
Heart, the core of being, from the emotional center."
- Christopher Wallis, Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition, p. 59
"The Way is not in the sky. The way
is in the heart."
"Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart."
"I stand before what is with an open
And with an open heart I dwell in possibility."
- Macrina Wiederkehr
“In our deepest moments of struggle, frustration, fear,
and confusion, we are being called upon to reach in and touch our hearts. Then,
we will know what to do, what to say, how to be. What is right is always
in our deepest heart of hearts. It is from the deepest part of our hearts
that we are capable of reaching out and touching another human being. It
is, after all, one heart touching another heart.”
- Roberta Sage Hamilton
"Who could refrain that had a heart to love, and in that heart courage to make love known?"
"To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer."
"There is also a self-contained guru
principle that operates within each individual. In his book Healing
Mantras, Thomas Ashley-Farrand writes, "The true guru is not some person to
whom you give complete and slavish obedience. The true guru is a principle
that resides in your own heart. ... In Sanskrit, this guru principle
is called the upaguru, or "teacher without form.'" So in the
ultimate sense you can serve as your own guru, the finder of light and truth in
your own heart."
- Donald Altman, Living Kindness, p.68
“Let religion be to us the wonder and lure of that which
is only partly known and understood: An eye that glories in nature's majesty and
beauty, and a heart that rejoices in deeds of kindness and of courage.”
- Vincent B. Silliman
"If we unfold and develop our potential, we open
ourselves up to an incredible higher order of being. But if we continue to
deny the real intelligence manifested through the heart and rely only on our
intellect, evolution will fail in its task."
- Joseph Chilton Pearce, Evolution's End
"The power of love to change bodies is
legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around ...
Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing."
- Larry Dossey
"When speech comes from a quiet heart, it has the
strength of the orchid, and the fragrance of rock."
- Stephen Mitchell, Four Watercolors by Tao-chi
unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It
turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn
a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude
makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for
- Melody Beattie
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness By Sharon Salzberg. Shambhala, 2002.
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."
The Fourth Chakra, Anāhata Chakra, Heart, Lungs (Air). Anodea Judith lists the characteristics of the Fourth Chakra as being "Love, Air, Breath, Balance, Relationship, Affinity, Unity, and Healing." Her book is Wheels of Life: A User's guide to the Chakra System, Llewellyn, 1992; and the Fourth Chakra is discussed on pp. 204-251. She lists yoga asanas for the Fourth Chakra as: standing chest opener; backbend (Sphinx, Upward Facing Dog, Cobra) prone position; standing Windmill straight arms shoulder height side to side rotation of waist/back (see also Swinging Arms, Bai Bi Yun Dong); the Fish (Matesendya) supine, standing lateral arm and wrist circles, seated cow head pose.
Anhata Chakra Tantra Kundalini
Spirituality: Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Wisdom
Goddess Tara, White Tara, Green Tara
"He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help."
"Imagine your heart as an opening lotus. From its
center comes a crimson child, Pure, virginal, and innocent. One meditation
gives this instruction: Imagine your heart opening into a red lotus. From
its center comes a crimson child. Bring this child out of your body and
imagine him or her floating above your head. You, as a child, are holding a sun
in each hand while
each foot stands on a moon. Hold this image as long as you can.
It is hard to bring out this child. When you try, you realize how many defenses you have built around yourself. You also realize how the experiences of adolescence and adulthood have stained you. Sometimes, you may even doubt that you have a pure and innocent self to bring out anymore. But each of us does. Each of us must find that crimson child within us and bring him or her out. For this child represents the time when our energies were whole and our hearts were untroubled by the duplicity of the world and ourselves."
- Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations
"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart."
"The Heart Lotus [Anhata, 4th
Chakra] is your personal temple, as indeed your whole body is. Let your
mind create the atmosphere, let your feelings express that mood. Be alone
when you worship in your own heart. This Chakra is also called the Abode
of Mercy. Mercy in feelings only is of no benefit to anyone unless this
mercy is also expressed in words or actions. Mercy is forgiveness,
understanding coming from the heart. As we give it, so we will receive it.
There is perfect balance in the law of karma.
The Wishing Tree, the Kalpataru, is located in the Anandakanda, which lies below the Heart Lotus. We can pick the fruit of the Wishing Tree, words of sweetness and truth. This miniature Lotus is regarded as being the inner courtyard to the Anhata Cakra. It is the way of approach to the Most Holy, in an attitude of gratitude, awe, and wonder. It is symbolic of the process of discovering the Divine within, and the mysteries and awesome powers of the mind. The inner courtyard then represents the experience of the manifestation of psychic energy, while the Anhata Cakra houses the tabernacle of the Most Holy from which the spiritual energies manifest."
- Seami Sivananda Radha, Kundalini for the West, p. 167
"According to most of the great Eastern spiritual
traditions, our inner awareness/energy, or consciousness, is actually a limited,
contracted form of the great Awareness/energy that underlies, creates, and
sustains all things. The Upanishads call it Brahman, the Vastness.
The sages of Kashmir Shaivism call it Chiti (Universal Consciousness),
Paramashiva (Supreme Auspiciousness), Parama Chaitanya (supreme Consciousness),
or Paramatma (supereme Self). The great Shaivite philospher Abhinavagupta
called it Hridaya, the Heart.
In Buddhism it is called the Dharmakaya, the "body" of Truth."
- Sally Kempton, Meditation for the Love of It, p. 31.
"This morning, as I stood perched on the
edge of the cliff where I often stand to survey the river with hands cupped
around pumpkin spice coffee, I felt an overwhelming sense of freedom and joy
swirl all around me until it settled in my heart. I gave thanks for the
day - for all blessings received, and proceeded to do my river meditations,
holding up in prayer those who most need it at this time. There are so many!
closed the door to one era in my life - and opened the door to another because I
was willing to heed and respond to the message urging me to "dwell in your
heart." This message was not just meant for me - but it is meant for many others
as well. I
embraced the sense of stillness that the river was embodying more deeply this
morning because I truly listened and responded to the inner prompting to dwell
in my heart. It was the key to my own transitus. May you listen today. May
you embody stillness. May you dwell in your heart."
- Olga Rasmussen, Aligning with Grace
“The heart has reasons that reason
does not understand.”
- Jacques Benigne Bossuel
'For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...' - Proverbs 23:7a
''...that you may know the thoughts of your heart.' - Daniel 2:30b
'...The thought of your heart may be forgiven you.' - Acts 8:22b
Words, Cliches, Methaphors, Slang, Similies, and Expressions about the Heart in English
the heart of the matter
she's got heart
no heart at all
"The best and most beautiful things in
the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
- Helen Keller
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day
in the year.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lifestyle Advice from Wise Persons
Anodea Judith lists the characteristics of the Fourth Chakra as being "Love, Air, Breath, Balance, Relationship, Affinity, Unity, and Healing." Her book is Wheels of Life: A User's guide to the Chakra System, Llewellyn, 1992; and the Fourth Chakra is discussed on pp. 204-251. She lists yoga asanas for the Fourth Chakra as: standing chest opener; backbend (Sphinx, Upward Facing Dog, Cobra) prone position; standing Windmill straight arms shoulder height side to side rotation of waist/back (see also Swinging Arms, Bai Bi Yun Dong); the Fish (Matesendya) supine, standing lateral arm and wrist circles, seated cow head pose.
Chakra, Anhata Cakra, 4th Chakra
Correspondences and Associations
|Property||Correspondence or Association|
|Chakra (Cakra) Number||4th Chakra|
|Internal Organs||Heart, Lungs|
|Sense||Touch, Touching, Feeling|
Chakra, Anhata Cakra, 4th Chakra
Heart and Mind Practices
Bibliography, Links, Resources
Awakening the Buddhist Heart: Integrating Love, Meaning, and Connection into Every Part of Your Life By Lama Surya Das. Three Rivers Press, 2001. 272 pages. ISBN: 0767902777.
Goddess Tara, White Tara, Green Tara
Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism. By Andrew Harvey and Karuna Erickson. Foreword by Rodney Yee. Berkeley, California. Bibliography, notes, 257 pages. ISBN: 9781556438974. VSCL.
Kundalini: Yoga for the West. By Swami Sivananda Radha. With a foreword by Herbert V. Guenther. Introduction by Stanley Krippner. Boulder, Colorado, Shambhala, 1981. Index, bibliography, notes, 357 pages. ISBN: 0394748840. VSCL. Heart Chakra: pp. 162-224.
Lifestyle Advice From Wise Persons
Open Heart, Clear Mind By the Venerable Thubten Chodron. Snow Lion Publications, 1990. 224 pages. ISBN: 0937938874.
Tara, Green Tara, White Tara, Buddhist Goddess and Bodhisattva
Transforming the Heart: The Buddhist Way to Joy and Courage By Gesha Jampa Teqchok. Snow Lion Publications, 1999. 228 pages. ISBN: 1559390999.
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