Last year, on a visit to China, I met a Mr. Long, an enthusiastic passionate scholar who himself leads a small traditional Chinese school. In his school children learn traditional Confucian values like kindness and benevolence and the ancient Confucian texts. With Mr. Long we entertained to bring his young students to the USA for a cultural exchange visit. Our ways parted, and we did not speak since eight months.
This, actually, happens to many of us, who for a brief moment think of someone and then that person calls on the phone or sends a text message. A coincidence? Not at all!
This week in our Lunyu Meditation course, which involves four large movements and twenty small steps, we learn movement One step Four ‘the heart space’. We explain the fourth chapter of the Analects Li Ren Neighborhood Benevolence, in which the heart space is described. In the heart space we learn to allow inner connection movements other than the common heart-mind loop. In the heart-mind loop we may think of other people without establishing an inner connection to them, pulling memories out of our own self. But in the heart space we allow deeper connection and the thoughts are coming from the depth, beyond the loop, such as with Mr Long, following a connection.
Whenever you think of someone and they suddenly call or text, know that it was not a coincidence. You had a gap in the heart-mind loop, which established a deeper connection. For a moment you were present in the heart space!
900 years ago, Lu Jiuyuan explains the heart space through practical example “What a person truly knows and understands originates from daily life habits. Daily life habits come from the aspiration of one’s heart. If the aspiration is for righteousness then daily life habits are of righteousness. This is indeed when one understands righteousness. The little person aspires for gain with every thought, so his daily habits also revolve profit, all what he knows is about profit.”
Give yourself some more heart space!