Heart Minded: How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love (Hardcover)
A treasury of meditations for living from your heart—from a top teacher at the #1 online meditation service InsightTimer.
In our noisy, noisy world, it can seem nearly impossible to find ways to turn off our busy minds, which so often flood us with worry and unending lists of tasks. So how do you find your way off the negativity treadmill? When you feel overwhelmed and afraid, how can you return to a place of groundedness and connection?
“When we turn toward our hearts, we arrive like a bolt of lightning in the present moment, and all our arguments against ourselves and life go quiet,” teaches Sarah Blondin. “No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, you can touch this place in yourself to feel free and alive.”
With poetic brilliance and skillful instruction, this renowned teacher brings you a treasury of meditations and spiritual teachings to help you detach from your busy mind and tune into your feeling heart. As the students of her popular online trainings can attest, these simple and powerful practices can instantly bring you into a deeper connection with yourself and others. And you can go back to these meditations whenever you feel overwhelmed, disconnected, or afraid.
Read Heart Minded from front to back for a full course in living a life guided by the wise heart—or open to any page for a reminder that, beneath your burdens and troubles, you are fundamentally whole and free.
This book includes links to free guided meditations on audio, presented by Sarah Blondin.
About the Author
Sarah Blondin’s InsightTimer meditations have received over 7 million plays from over 600,000 listeners. She is also host of her own half-million-listener podcast Live Awake. Her work has been translated into several languages and is in use in prison, recovery, and wellness programs. Her online course, Coming Home to Yourself, released in the spring of 2018, is InsightTimer’s top seller. She lives in the quiet countryside of British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. More at sarahblondin.com.
“We suffer when we become separated from our deepest, truest nature. Heart Minded offers us guidance on the sacred journey home . . . helping us to awaken from our busy, never satisfied minds to the heartspace where love is always and already right here.” —Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
“A relevant, practical guide, full of inspiration to help you clear the channel of your heart and follow your truth.” —Elena Brower, bestselling author of Practice You
“Gentle and wise, Blondin’s approach is characterized by the bedside manner of devoted midwife to your healing process. Like her voice, it is a soothing poultice for the weary-but-spirited seeker. Heart Minded will crack you open down the middle from page one. It is all at once a centering meditation, a practice, and an olive branch extended into the depths of your soul.” —Pixie Lighthorse, author of Prayers of Honoring
“There is so much that can be said about this collection of work. It embodies a bold truth that encourages self-reflection. Heart Minded unleashes the inner magic of unfolding to bloom.” —Alexandra Elle, author of Neon Soul, Words from a Wanderer, and Love in My Language
“In a world fraught with separation, anxiety, and distraction, there can never be enough positive attention given, never enough prayer, never enough books about love. Heart Minded is the antidote, the great reminder, to be heart- and love-focused moment to precious moment. Raw, direct, and accessible, this book invites and instructs you, as Mary Oliver once advised, to ‘love the soft animal of your body.’ Sarah Blondin, with equal softness of voice and heart, says, in effect, yes, it’s safe ‘to step into the wisdom of your own sensitivity’ with heart wide open (listen up, fellow men, this is not a book for women alone!). Here you will find healing, creativity, and bright awakening beyond your wildest dreams.” —Albert Flynn DeSilver, author of Writing as a Path to Awakening
“Seems the great 14-century Persian mystic Hafiz may have written an endorsement for this book years ago. As a famous rendering of some of his verse by me goes:
‘How did the rose ever open its heart and give to the world
all of its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light— of love—against its
being, otherwise one might remain too frightened.’
The heart, even on its better days, can be just one wing needed to fly.
The other wing—love from someone else, or from a beautiful creature,
or some synergy with a gorgeous mountain or sky—can cause your
spirit to awake, unfurl, give thanks and know joy.
Sarah Blondin and her love, and this beautiful book, can be a golden wing, I bet, to many. I hope this book helps the whole world to dance.” —Daniel Ladinsky, international bestselling poet and author