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Mary’s heart is all-embracing, it goes deeper than any dogma. No matter where you are and what you are in the midst of, you can call on Mary’s heart and it will be there to lift and hold you. Here is one way you can do it:

Close your eyes for a moment and feel what moves through this life, this existence, in this moment. Let it be, without changing anything. Sit, lie or stand just like that, for a moment. Two or three breaths. Now imagine, and it doesn’t matter if this is a clear image or just a thought, that Mary is present right here, with a big heart that just loves you unconditionally and deeply wants all the best for you. What would be the very best for you to really be happy? Finding love and friendship? Becoming good at nourishing and helping? Generosity? Gratefulness? Peace?

Stay a minute with the image of Mary and the heart, and a fire that burns within it. This is a strong energy, it can burn away limitations, and give a new warm light to see things in. Regrets, sorrows, anything you are not happy with, you are very welcome to take it in there, into the burning fire of unconditional love. Deep wishes, too.

Now, as the end of this meditation, gently let go the image or thought of Mary. Open the eyes and just sit or lie or stand a moment with openness, in the middle of existence. Three or four breaths. Thank you for joining us in calling on Mary’s heart.

This meditation was created as a gift for the re-inauguration of Mary’s Heart Monastery at Sostrup, Denmark, previously catholic monastery, now inter-faith retreat and cultural center. It was done with all the guests at the celebration with retreat leaders, artists, politicians and administrators. However, it is not only for dinner parties but something very meaningful you can do whenever you have 3 minutes, either by just remembering the meaning or by using the mp3 file at www.moving-meditation.dk/heart.html

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Niels Viggo Hansen

Niels Viggo Hansen

Niels Viggo Hansen, Ph.D., researcher at ”Interacting Minds Centre”, Aarhus University, Denmark. Dancing philosopher, teacher of “moving meditation”. Niels Viggo’s website.

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