Satsang with Ma: Heart and Mind

Q: I have a hard time motivating myself to practice simply using my mind and will power. It’s much easier when it comes from my heart, but I can’t force my heart to motivate. Do you have some words about the movement from the mind to the heart?

Shri Anandi Ma: Both are essential. The purity of the heart is important, but the driving force is going to be the mind because many times the heart might want to do something, but if the will is not there, then you will fall back and not be able to accomplish what you want to do. So heart and mind go hand-in-hand.

As a child, Guruji’s heart was there, but if he had lacked determination, he would never have left home. So will power also is equally important. Both are needed to attain the overall goal.

It’s a matter of training ourselves.

The mental block keeping you from practice might be a repetition of a habit, a samskara. It’s through your spiritual practices that you will break that barrier, by trying to override the mind when it is keeping you restricted. Pranayama, a breathing technique, is a good tool for this because it clears these subtle blocks.