Meditation like many things has multiple meanings, practices and methods, but we can say that all meditation leads to the same place – understanding.
If you meditate in the heart, you are meditating where the soul is. True, the light and consciousness of the soul permeate the whole body, but there is a specific place where the soul resides most of the time, and that is in the heart. If you want illumination, you have to get it from the soul, which is inside the heart. When you know what you want and where to find it, the sensible thing is to go to that place. Otherwise, it is like going to the hardware store to get groceries.
There is a vast difference between what you can get from the mind and what you can get from the heart. The mind is limited; the heart is unlimited. Deep within you are infinite peace, light and bliss. To get a limited quantity is an easy task. Meditation in the mind can give it to you. But you can get infinitely more if you meditate in the heart.
As long as you have tremendous faith in the mind, which complicates and confuses everything, you will be doomed to disappointment in your meditation. Ordinary people think that complication is wisdom. But wisdom is very simple. It is in simplicity, not in complexity, that the real truth abides. I am not saying that the mind is always bad. No, it need not be. But the mind is limited. At most, what you can get from the mind is inspiration, which itself is limited. For real aspiration you have to go to the heart. Aspiration comes from the heart because the illumination of the soul is always there. When you meditate on the heart, not only do you get aspiration, but you also get the fulfilment of that aspiration: the soul’s infinite peace, light and bliss.
Many moons ago when I first started meditation I was told a very powerful and simple description of meditation – Some meditate to escape, some meditate to awaken, but the journey is the same and if followed with love and persistence will always leads us to the greatest gift. . . understanding.
Peace and Love, Jim