Whenever you, or the person you are supporting, feel restless.

Focusing on the emotional heart centre to reconnect with inner peace.

If you are with someone who is restless, it can be helpful to suggest, first, that they progressively relax the whole of their body (or you talk them through that process) and then bring their awareness specifically to the centre of the chest, to the energetic heart centre.

The Method

“Close your eyes and just feel the area between the two armpits: the heart area, your chest. Feel it just between the two armpits with your total attention, total awareness. Forget the rest of the body; remember just the heart area between the two armpits, the chest, and feel it filled with great peace.

“The moment the body is relaxed, peace automatically happens in your heart. The heart becomes silent, relaxed and harmonious. And when you forget the whole body and bring your attention just to the chest and consciously feel it filled with peace, much peace will happen immediately.

“There are areas in the body, particular centers, where particular feelings can be created consciously. Between the two armpits is the heart centre, and the heart centre is the source of all the peace that happens to you, whenever it happens. Whenever you are peaceful, the peace is coming from the heart. The heart radiates peace. Really, whenever you are in love you are relaxed, and because you are relaxed you are filled with a certain peace. That peace arises from the heart. So peace and love have become joined, associated. Whenever you are in love you are peaceful; whenever you are not in love you are disturbed. Because of peace the heart has become associated with love.

“Whenever you are able to feel the peace between your two armpits filling you, pervading your heart center, the world will look illusory. This is a sign that you have entered meditation – when the world feels and appears to be illusory. Don’t think that the world is illusory, there is no need to think it – you will feel it. It will suddenly occur to your mind, “What has happened to the world?” The world has suddenly gone dreamy. It is there, a dreamlike existence, without any substance. It looks so real, just like a film on the screen. It can even be three dimensional. It looks like something, but it is a projected thing. Not that the world is a projected thing, not that it is really unreal – no. The world is real but you create the distance, and the distance gets more and more. And you can understand whether the distance is getting more and more or not by knowing how you are feeling about the world. That’s the criterion. That is a meditative criterion.

“It is not a truth that the world is unreal – if the world has become unreal, you have become centered in the being. Now the surface and you are so far away that you can look at the surface as being something objective, something other than you. You are not identified.”

(Osho: The Book of Secrets)

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