Rest in the Heart of Stillness
Notice the way attention moves from thought to thought and sometimes, in-between thoughts, comes to rest in the heart. Look there.
~Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian
Scripture reassures us, saying we are not alone in noticing that the mind is as restless as the wind. When we use the technique of focusing on the breath to quiet the mind, it can help to watch for the space between breaths. As we enter the time between the inhalation and exhalation, there is the peacefulness of no thought, just deep stillness. As we continue this practice, this time of stillness lengthens and we can drop into the heart space of peacefulness. This is our natural state of meditative awareness, free of thought. Later when we notice that this stillness is interrupted by thoughts, sound or sensations, we can always pick up the technique again. Rest in the heart of stillness.