Feel the peace in your heart
The first thing is to be in an easy relaxed position – relaxed in a position that is easy for you. Don’t try a particular position or ASANA. Don’t struggle with the posture. You can sit in an easy chair and relax. The only thing is your body must be in a relaxed state. So just close your eyes and feel all over the body. Start from the legs – feel whether there is some tension or not. If you feel there is some tension, do one thing: make it more tense. Bring it to a peak – then suddenly relax so that you can feel how the relaxation settles there. Then go all over the body just looking everywhere for some tension.. Bring it to a point where you feel that no more is possible – then suddenly relax. All your tensions are in the mind so strain your face as much as possible, don’t be shy about it. Make it intensely anguished, anxious – and then suddenly relax.
The second thing: when you feel that the body has got to an easy posture, just feel that the body is relaxed, then forget the body. Because really, remembering the body is a sort of tension. Relax it and forget it. Forgetting is relaxation.
Close your eyes and just feel the area between the two armpits: the heart area, your chest. First feel it just between the two armpits with your total attention, total awareness. Forget the whole body, remember just the heart area between the two armpits, the chest, and feel it filled with great peace. The moment the body is relaxed, peace automatically happens in your heart. The heart becomes silent, relaxed, harmonious. And when you forget the whole body and bring your attention just to the chest and consciously feel it filled with peace, much peace will happen immediately. Between the two armpits is the heart center, the source of all the peace that happens to you, whenever it happens. Just feel peace there and you will feel it is filled. It is always filled but you have never been alert about it. This is only to increase your alertness, to bring you nearer home. And when you feel this peace you are farther away from the surface. Not that things will not be happening there – but when you are filled with peace you will feel a distance; the noise is coming from the street but there is a great distance now, a great space. It happens, but it brings no disturbance; rather, it brings you a deeper silence. This is the miracle. Nothing disturbs you so you are not involved – you have transcended. This is the transcendence.