Heart meditation for peace:
"Welcome to my heart"
During preparation for a peace meditation when the war in
Iraq was still only a crisis, it struck me that we often do the most foolish things when
we feel left out in some way - and war must surely be one of the most foolish things of
So I am happy to share with you this my heart meditation for
peace - feel free to use it in your personal or group meditations.
Welcome to my heart
- Sit quietly with eyes closed and focus on your heart - it can help
the focus to place a hand over your heart chakra (energy centre in the centre of the
- Feel your heart beating, keeping you alive and warm.
- Thank your heart.
- Feel it expanding and warming in acknowledgement of your gratitude.
- Feel your heart gently opening, ready to embrace yourself and all
- First see yourself standing in front of you and feel yourself being
drawn into your heart (perhaps your hurt and lonely self, perhaps your inner neglected
child - whatever image comes to mind)
- Say aloud "Welcome, ...... ( name)! Welcome to my heart!"
- Take a moment to really feel what you are saying, and know that it is
- Take a moment to look into the face of the one your heart is
embracing - see the look of relief as realization dawns: "I am left out no more! I am
- If you are part of a group meditation, repeat steps 6-9 for each
member of the group, and finally for the whole group.
- Spend a few moments feeling your heart softening still more and
expanding still more until you feel that it has no limits and can embrace the whole world.
- See in turn the world leaders involved in the conflict (and any
others of your choice) standing with the peoples of their countries, in front of you.
- Repeat steps 7-9 for each country in turn, e.g. "Welcome,
George W. Bush and the people of the USA! Welcome to my heart!".
- Feel your heart, embracing all those you have seen standing before
you - feel its joy and peace, and know that on some level they feel it too.