Heart Minded: How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love

Heart Minded: How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love

by Sarah Blondin

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Overview

A treasury of meditations for living from your heart—from a top teacher at the #1 online meditation service InsightTimer.

In our noisy, noisy world, it can seem nearly impossible to find ways to turn off our busy minds, which so often flood us with worry and unending lists of tasks. So how do you find your way off the negativity treadmill? When you feel overwhelmed and afraid, how can you return to a place of groundedness and connection?

“When we turn toward our hearts, we arrive like a bolt of lightning in the present moment, and all our arguments against ourselves and life go quiet,” teaches Sarah Blondin. “No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, you can touch this place in yourself to feel free and alive.”

With poetic brilliance and skillful instruction, this renowned teacher brings you a treasury of meditations and spiritual teachings to help you detach from your busy mind and tune into your feeling heart. As the students of her popular online trainings can attest, these simple and powerful practices can instantly bring you into a deeper connection with yourself and others. And you can go back to these meditations whenever you feel overwhelmed, disconnected, or afraid.

Read Heart Minded from front to back for a full course in living a life guided by the wise heart—or open to any page for a reminder that, beneath your burdens and troubles, you are fundamentally whole and free.

This book includes links to free guided meditations on audio, presented by Sarah Blondin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683643418
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/16/2020
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 88,260
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sarah Blondin’s InsightTimer meditations have received over 7 million plays from over 600,000 listeners. She is also host of her own half-million-listener podcast Live Awake. Her work has been translated into several languages and is in use in prison, recovery, and wellness programs. Her online course, Coming Home to Yourself, released in the spring of 2018, is InsightTimer’s top seller. She lives in the quiet countryside of British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. More at sarahblondin.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Some Notes and Suggestions Before Moving Ahead xix

Part 1 Loving Ownership

1 An Introduction to the Heart 3

2 Mind, Meet Heart 6

Practice: Mind, Meet Heart 11

3 Waking to Grace 14

Practice: Leaning into Grace 21

4 Retrieval of Our Sensitivity 25

Practice: Seed of Sensitive Softness 32

5 Retrieval of Our Feeling Body 36

6 How to Retrieve Feeling 39

Practice: You Are Allowed 41

7 Give Name 43

Practice: Free the Feeling 49

8 Retrieval of Personal Permission 51

Practice: I Give Myself Permission 55

9 Retrieval of Our Body of Light 58

Practice: From Shadow to Light 66

10 Retrieval of Shameless Vulnerability 68

Practice: The Heart Without a Wall 70

11 Soul-itude 73

Practice: Sitting and Staying 83

12 Cultivate Love of the Self 87

Practice: The Breath of Love 91

Part 2 Deep Tissue Massage of the Spirit

13 The Sleepy Undertow 95

14 Comfort When Numb 98

Practice: Finding Your Heart at Your Edge 102

15 Comfort for Deep Suffering 104

Practice: Calling on Fierce 108

18 Your Pain Is Valid 111

Practice: Calling on Grace and Kindness 112

17 Tenderizing Pain 114

Practice: Pain as a Portal to the Divine 115

18 Commitment to What Is Good 117

Practice: Voting for the Heart 118

Part 5 Heart-Minded Intimacy

19 Letting Go of Conditional Love 123

20 There Are No Wrong Choices 131

Practice: Seed of Wholeness 135

21 When We Harm Instead of Love 138

Practice: A Prayer for Growth 140

Part 4 The Heart Outside Its Cage

22 The Awakening: A Poem about Heart-Minded Seeing 145

23 Sit Awake Before the World 148

Practice: Vow of the Heart 151

Acknowledgments 155

About the Author 157

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