I’ve noticed that some people are attracted to kinds of meditation that are pretty harsh. Or that people think of meditation as a fearsome, scary thing. You could call it “extreme meditation”.
When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the image of Luke Skywalker, standing on his hands, with Yoda standing on his feet, using the Force to lift rocks.
Then there are the incredible feats of the Shaolin monks, like this amazing fellow who can do a handstand on one finger. (Click the picture to see the video on Youtube)
I grew up in a community of people who liked to meditate, so stories of great masters of meditation sitting in the Lotus posture for days percolated through my imagination; I saw Shiva, meditating in the mountains with a snake around his neck. I saw the Christian Hesychast monks, who wore light rags, or no clothes at all, and spent their lives in solitary prayer in the wilderness.
Over the years, I’ve been interested to see how meditation has filtered into the culture.
V for Vendetta, has a major theme of finding inner strength and triumphing over self-imposed limitations, such as fear. You could say it’s a movie about finding a sense of freedom within through the experience of being incarcerated and tortured. It fits right in with the idea that meditation, and the whole project of self-transformation, is a harsh, scary business. This fellow went on a week-long silent meditation retreat, despite having no previous practice or training in meditation.
Do you want to meditate to punish yourself for something that you did? Or because you feel you are not the person you’d like to be? We all have that impulse, the longing to re-create ourselves, to be different, and better. Sometimes that is felt as a sense of self-disgust.
The fact is that meditation will bring you face-to-face with what terrifies you. But I’ve found that the most extreme kind of meditation is the gentle rhythm of your heartbeat and breath, for it washes away your anger and resentment in the water of love and acceptance, and at the same time, you find the power within to be who you truly are.
Heart Rhythm Meditation is hard because it’s so effective. It will bring you in touch with whatever is in your heart, both joy and pain. The hallmark of our method is the intensity of the experience that you get from it. Another hallmark is the practicality of it; you can use HRM to help you get to sleep, or to sleep less; to lift yourself up, or to enter into the deepest and most profound emotion; to give you an appreciation for the differences between people, or to focus intensely on your own absolute truth; to endure pain, or to appreciate the place of it in your life; to bring you closer to others, or bring you closer to the One Being.
How do you do it? The short answer is: breathe in 8 heartbeats, breathe out 8 heartbeats. If you subscribe to our email list, you can take our free class for more instruction, or take a look at the Energizing double-CD set, or take one of our webcourses.
Why do you want to learn meditation?
Those of you who practice HRM, what have you used it for?