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Heart (Meditation and Union)

“...the mind and logic are not the same thing; logic functions within the brain, while the mind functions within the heart. Thus, the noetic faculty of the heart is the energy of the mind inside the heart. This important distinction results in the...Church seeing herself not as a religious institution, but rather as a hospital of the soul, where one comes for therapeutic procedures that restore the health of the soul and allow it to progress toward the ultimate goal of union with God..." (Abbot Tryphon)

“Prayer is the ascent of the heart and mind to God.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Psalms 69:1)

“Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home unto Itself.” (Thomas Kelly)

“...meditation is taking the truth down into our hearts until it catches fire there and begins to melt and shape our reactions to God, ourselves, and the world.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“Christian meditation is paradoxical. Through prayer, silence, solitude, and breathing we go into ourselves to die to ourselves and find Christ. The more we go inwards with the intent to unite ourselves, our hearts, with Him, the more we will reflect outwards His light and love.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

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