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Our next set of Open Heart Meditation Workshops are tentatively set for May 4 & 5, the only one this year.

Want to lead your life in a calm and peaceful way? Please spend time with Cathy Chow to enjoy sharing the half-hour audio track called Open Heart Meditation on most Fridays at the Talent Public Library at 5 pm (followed by Reiki Tummo if you'd like to stay). Sessions in Grants Pass will be a full hour and will be held at 4th & J Streets at the Merging Rivers Zen Practice Center. (Also, one-on-one private sessions to help you feel the beauty of your heart can also be arranged in the Grants Pass area with Susan Barrett, Organizer.)

We are also happy to announce that Cathy Chow and myself are now coordinating Open Heart Workshops. These full day workshops (9 am - 5 pm) are taught by a visiting teacher and can be set up as soon as we have enough interest. We would need 8 people. Please visit: http://openheartmeditation.com for more information. Author Ed Rubenstein is one of our instructors. Ed has written: The Gift of Unconditional Love: Fulfilling the Spiritual Life; and Psychology of the Heart, A Workbook for Living a Heart-Centered Life; and Awakening From the Trances of Everyday Life: a Journey to Empowerment; and, The Way of the Spiritual Heart. (Ed is the Founder of the Heart Based Institute... http://www.heartbased.org .)

Here are descriptions of the workshops, but you could also jump ahead to read, "We Are Meant To Be Happy".

Open Heart Workshops: Level 1 & 2

Open Heart Meditation™ is a transformational and nondenominational feeling-based meditation practice with many natural benefits such as:

Reduces stress, anxiety and emotional fatigue

Refreshes your heart, body, mind, and spirit

Creates clear shifts in attitude, bringing optimism and positive feelings

Promotes deep and lasting physical and mental relaxation

Renews a sense of joy, gratitude and purpose

Cleanses negativities that burden your heart

Reconnects you to the Source of your True Self and to others

Nurtures spiritual growth at whatever level you are

Open Heart Workshops: Level 3 & 4

LEVEL 3:

Helps you to better realize your connection to True Source

Cleanses and opens your heart & the Divine Gate (head chakra) better

Lets the Love open the chakra knots

Lets the Love cleanse and open the main energy channel (sushumna)

Lets True Source’s Love cleanse and improve your connection to True Source

Helps you to surrender problems and burdens more deeply

Helps you to be an instrument of the Love in order to help the earth and all beings

Lets True Source’s Love remove our heart limitations to help us move beyond our concepts and ideas of what is possible

LEVEL 4: You will be taught a meditation to cleanse and heal your physical and non-physical being, as well as:

Lets True Source’s Love help for Self Healing

Lets your heart become free without being blocked, so the Love can radiate more freely and sweetly

Lets True Source’s Love bring us into the Pure Love within our heart

Lets True Source’s Love remove our limitations on a deeper level, so that the Love can work on our whole heart and our whole being more completely

Helps to have a deeper surrendering of all burdens and limitations to True Source

Interacts with others as an instrument of The Love

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We are meant to be happy.

That has always been something we strive for in this life. In fact, if we look at the motivations behind our thoughts and actions—conscious and unconscious—they are all to get us closer to the feeling, or at least the idea, of happiness.

Some of us have long asked why we cannot hold on to happiness. For all of the scholarship and human insights across the centuries, nobody has found a complete and enduring answer. Perhaps because it has been too close to see…

The answer, the key, is our heart.

We have been told throughout our lives to “follow your heart”. This has been written in countless holy texts as well, across virtually all religions, since the very beginning. This is because our heart - even without us realizing it - feels the Love that comes from True Source, who loves us completely, and always wants the very best for us.

In opening and using our heart, we are blessed with lasting peace and happiness that we can feel—actually and really feel—in our daily lives. Our daily life is actually a manifestation of how strongly we are connected to our Creator, the True Source. Thus, an open heart is also the real key to our spiritual advancement in getting closer to True Source, the Source of Eternal Peace and True Joy.

Why is our heart the main connection to True Source? Why is our heart the center of beautiful feelings? Why is our heart, not our brain or other parts of us, the key?

Our heart is the key because our true self is within our heart. Our true self that is within our heart will continue to live on even after this lifetime has been completed. While our physical body is only a temporary “shell”—flesh and blood that will one day turn into dust—our relationship with True Source is eternal. We need True Source and True Source’s Love not only when we are alive on this earth, but forever and always. As we are still in our physical body, our heart (not the physical heart but the spiritual heart – the center of our feeling) is where and how we remain connected to True Source. With this connection, our heart communicates with True Source and receives True Source’s Blessings. In receiving True Source’s Blessings, we can feel so many beautiful things within our heart, including the feeling of lightness, calmness, peace, happiness, and joy beyond all things we have ever felt from our worldly experiences. Being calm and joyful at every moment of our life may sound fantastic, even impossible. Now recognize that it is your brain making this judgment, imposing this false limitation. In this regard, you may have quite a bit of work to do in getting out of your own way. Our brain is so strong—we have spent so much of our life within our head—that it can overtake our heart at the beginning. However, our heart knows that peace, calmness, and happiness await us once we begin opening and using our heart. It is only a matter of opening it up to let True Source’s Blessing do the best for us.

How beautiful and exciting it is to consider that all these wonderful feelings are within us at all times. All we need to do is to open and use our heart to be able to feel and enjoy these wonderful Blessings.

May you open your heart to the Creator and use your heart to experience the peace, calmness, and happiness within.

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Simple & fun guided meditations help you to relax and feel Loved completely. We become calm, peaceful & happy.

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If you can't join us, please do this on your own...

Preparation for the Open Heart Meditation
Please take a few moments to prepare ...
Make sure that you are in a quiet room, where you will not be disturbed for about 30 minutes
You may like to dim the lights or burn some incense or aroma therapy, and maybe play some gentle instrumental music.
You can be seated either on a chair with your feet placed evenly on the ground (not crossed), or cross legged on the floor - the most important is that you are relaxed and comfortable, and not forcing your position. Your head and spine should be upright, naturally curving, not bolt upright.
While you are being relaxed, please be aware that relaxation is 'active' and not the same as being asleep! So please don't slump in your seat.
Take a few moments to relax your whole physical body, calm your mind, and to be completely here and now. Let go any thoughts about the past or the future - for the next 20 minutes at least ;)
... and now
Open heart meditation:
read the text of the prayer, pausing between each line, to feel and let it happen

The Open Heart Prayer
1. Source of Love and Light, we thank You for all the blessings we have been receiving

2. Source of Love and Light, please bless our hearts so that all anger and related negative energy be replaced with Your Love and Light;

3. Source of Love and Light, bless our hearts so that all arrogance and related negative energy be replaced with Your Love and Light;

4. Source of Love and Light, bless our hearts so that all selfishness and related negative energy be replaced with Your Love and Light;

5. Source of Love and Light, bless our hearts so that all jealousy, envy and related negative energy be replaced with Your Love and Light;

6. Source of Love and Light, bless our hearts so that all greediness, cunningness and related negative energy be replaced with Your Love and Light;

7. Source of Love and Light, bless our hearts so that we realize that we have to forgive each other to be closer to You. Bless us to be able to forgive sincerely all the people who have done wrong to us.
(Realize all the people who have done wrong to you, even if they are still hurting you, forgive them one by one sincerely)

8. Source of Love and Light, by forgiving those who have done wrong to us, bless our hearts so that all resentment, hate, sorrow, hurt feelings, dissatisfaction, irritation and other negative emotions that are caused by those people, and related negative energy, be replaced with Your Love and Light;

9. Source of Love and Light, bless us also so that we realize that Your Love always forgives. Bless us to be able to realize all of our mistakes to You and others, to regret and ask for forgiveness for all of our mistakes wholeheartedly.
(Be aware of all the mistakes that you have made, one by one, regret them and ask for forgiveness)

10. Source of Love and Light, forgive us for all of our mistakes, done purposely or not. Bless our hearts so that all the fears, worries and burdens caused by our mistakes, and related negative energy be replaced with Your Love and Light;

11. Source of Love and Light, bless our hearts so that all negativities and impurities that have kept us away from You all this time, together with their seeds and roots, be removed from our hearts and our selves, and pushed away to where they are supposed to be and be replaced with Your Love and Light;

12. Source of Love and Light, bless us so that Your Love and Light fills our hearts, strengthen our hearts, feeling, compassion, and longing for You so that we can feel, enjoy and appreciate Your Love. Let our whole heart and whole self be filled with calmness, peace, happiness and Your Love all the time;

13. Source of Love and Light, bless, guide and help us so that our thoughts, words and actions are always in accordance with Your Love and Light;

14. Source of Love and Light, bless us so that we can become Your instrument in distributing Your Love and Light to others unconditionally;

15. Source of Love and Light, may all beings love You completely and continuously;

16. Source of Love and Light, please accept our love.
(Offer your love to Source of Love and Light with all your heart, soul and mind);

17. Source of Love and Light, let Your Love and Light radiate without limit, fill, illuminate and purify all beings, the entire Earth, the Universe and all existences;

18. Source of Love and Light, let Your Kingdom be real and only things that are in accordance with Your Love and Light be the Consciousness that may happen in all existences;

19. Thank you Source of Love and Light;

Amen

Upcoming events (5+)

Online Skype session for Open Heart Meditation for 30 minutes

Relax in your own home for a half hour and build a better relationship with your own heart. Open Heart Meditation is open to the public on Skype, which is a free download. Sign up if you are interested & I will give my Skype name to you. Ask your friends to join in, too!

Open Heart Meditation: Talent Public Library, Fridays 5-5:30 PM with Cathy Chow

The Open Heart Meditation which lasts for 30 minutes helps us to connect with the nice feelings found in our hearts. Please see 'What we are about' on this page (our home or 'about' page), and/or visit the national website at openheartmeditation.com Friday sessions in Talent are led by Cathy Chow. If you have any questions she can be reached at our sister link listed below. (Sessions in Grants Pass on Saturday are led by Susan Barrett.) Then you are welcome to stay for an hour of Reiki Tummo during which the Love of the Highest Source of Love & Light helps us to relax so our bodies can heal and our hearts to open better to feel the Love. For more information about our sister meetup group and to find Cathy please visit: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Reiki-Tummo-Ashland-Talent-Medford-Grants-Pass/

An Hour of Delightful Meditation to Discover Your Own Heart

Merging Rivers Zen Practice Garden

Spend an hour relaxing and smiling during this hour of meditation. The meditations are short, gentle & fun. Very casual; there is time to move every now & then. And there is nothing serious about these meditations. We don't TRY to do anything. We don't concentrate. Rather we let go, and we Feel what happens on us/through us. Totally experiential. This hour is about connecting with our very own Spiritual Hearts. Suggested donation ($1-15) to the Zen Center for use of their space. The Donation Box in on the short wall opposite the front door. Bring extra socks as the Zen Center has a 'no shoes' policy. Also, bring extra layers as it is a bit cool, especially when sitting still.

Online Skype session for Open Heart Meditation for 30 minutes

Relax in your own home for a half hour and build a better relationship with your own heart. Open Heart Meditation is open to the public on Skype, which is a free download. Sign up if you are interested & I will give my Skype name to you. Ask your friends to join in, too!

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An Hour of Delightful Meditation to Discover Your Own Heart

Merging Rivers Zen Practice Garden

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