A dedicated spiritual aspirant, Joshua has been practising heartfulness meditation for the past 15 years. Currently in the city for the launch of his book, The Heartfulness Way , which he co-authored with Kamlesh Patel, Joshua talks about the essence of heartfulness approach and the key to its transformative potential.
Heartfulness is an integrated approach that consists of three practices — meditation, cleaning and prayer. Elaborating on the first aspect, meditation, Joshua says, “We are living in an extremely fast-paced world. And it is imperative to practise meditation for self-develop ment and to find inner peace.
In heartfulness meditation, we use the heart to regulate the mind, thus bringing both into alignment. Meditation transforms us from the inside out so that we see the world in a new way, without any filters. You will have clarity and precision in the things that you are doing.
One can meditate on their own or with the help of a trainer,” Joshua starts the conversation. He goes on to add that meditation should be effortless and there shouldn’t be any force involved. “The most important thing is to have a relaxed state of mind and this requires effort. It is not easy to arrest the flow of thoughts. You need to be more focussed and it should be effortless,” he says.
He also introduces the concept of yogic transmission that makes the practice of heartfulness so transformative. “Yogic transmission makes meditation dynamic and is absolutely unique. Transmission is the key to the heartfulness approach and makes this method so powerful. Transmission also creates noble qualities in the seeker,” he adds.
A US citizen, Joshua holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University and two master’s degrees from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. An accomplished classical violinist, Joshua has performed and taught throughout the world and his violin solos can be heard in numerous A.R. Rahman original soundtracks such as Ghajini, Delhi 6, Raavan, Yuvvraaj, Blue, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and Raavanan.