"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you." ~Maori Proverb
Savitri Palkhivala is a meditation master who teaches methods that she, herself, found helpful in dealing with major life events. " When she was 11 she had a serious head injury, and as a teenager she suddenly lost both her parents in one of the worst aviation disasters in history. A few years later she experienced the shocking murder of her sister and the death of her best friend. This led to life threatening illnesses and many near-death experiences." (http://www.aadil.com/savitri/).
I was fortunate to sit in her meditation workshop while at a yoga conference in Seattle. One of the many techniques she taught that day was a meditation technique to open the heart chakra, what Savitri refers to as the "doorway to soul".
You simply draw a line across your chest from the top of both armpits to find your heart center. Close your eyes and massage this point with your middle finger. Perhaps you mentally add on Savitri's affirmation, "I choose to go deep inside to discover my true Divine Self as Light and Love."
Then, bring your fingers to a point at this same spot as though your fingers were a closed flower; fingers all coming together at your heart center. As you inhale, allow your fingers to stay in contact with your body as you open the fingers and let them spread out across your chest. On the exhale, fingers pull back together as your hand moves a few inches away from your body. See your inner light spreading throughout your body.
Affirmation: "I gratefully accept the light and pay it forward."