“It is necessary to try to totally relax all the muscles of the body and then concentrate Attention on the tip of the nose, until we fully feel the heart pulse in that organ of smell, then we will continue with the right ear until we feel the heart pulse in the latter, then we will continue with the right hand, right foot, left foot, left hand, left ear and nose once again, fully feeling the heart pulse separately in each of these organs where we have focused the Attention.”
~Samael Aun Weor~ Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology
Another method of relaxation and concentration we can incorporate into our practice is to focus on our heart beat and the subtle pulsation it creates around our body. When we extract our mind from the preoccupation with our troubles, plans, or fascinations, we release emotional and physical tension. As with our breath, the heart beat is something that is continually happening in the “now.” If our mind wanders off to visit the past or the future, we can bring our focus back to our heartbeat.
To experience our pulse at various places around our body is an expression of control of our own will. The practice shows us that we can move our attention, and place our concentration where we like. The opposite of this is when our mind pulls us this way and that, with one hundred uncontrolled thoughts. We are like a ship with no rudder being blown around with the shifting breeze.
So a good daily practice is to find the heart beat and listen to its silence. Feel its rhythm. Slow the pulse and find tranquility.
Be in the now… now… now…