Meditation with Prayer Word at the Heart Centre

Bringing your attention into the heart means focusing on the heart centre. This is not the heart organ itself, but the small zone in the centre of the chest towards which you instinctively point when you say "me". This "me" centre becomes the focus of attention in the "prayer of the heart". In this form of prayer you keep your attention on your prayer word within the heart (or "me") centre.

Bringing your attention into the heart means focusing on the heart centre. This is not the heart organ itself, but the small zone in the centre of the chest towards which you instinctively point when you say "me". This "me" centre becomes the focus of attention in the "prayer of the heart". In this form of prayer you keep your attention on your prayer word within the heart (or "me") centre.

Commenting on the Jesus Prayer, The Russian Orthodox saint, Theophan the Recluse (1815 - 1894) recommends that, while praying it, one should bring one's attention into the heart: "In order to keep the mind on one thing by means of a short prayer, it is necessary to preserve attention and so lead it into the heart; for so long as the mind remains in the head, where thoughts jostle one another, it has no time to concentrate on one thing. But when attention descends into the heart, it attracts all the powers of the soul and body into one point there."