Weekly Practice 29
Every week we profile one of the “Reflect to Create! “ practices from my book, they are chosen at random from a jar on my desk. My invitation is for you to try it out if it speaks to you in some way.
This week we are profiling Practice 59: Cultivating Heart Awareness through Heart Breathing (from page 123 of my book).
Practice 59 is one of the dance steps in The Opening’s Relating to the Whole.
Relating to the Whole invites us to relate and sense from the interconnected whole. Working wholeheartedly means embracing the heart’s natural intelligence and innate human capacities for relationship, connection and compassion. This practice reminds me to tune in and listen to my heart – I feel the difference when I do and when I don’t!
This practice helps us to step into our hearts to work from our hearts. I choose this practice this week because on the 13th November it was World Kindness Day.
So for this practice:
- Find a quiet calm space or place to ground yourself and focus on your breath
- As you breath in and out feel your lungs gently expand and contract and your gut move in and out. Breathe into any areas of tension in your body
- If the situation allows it place your hands over your heart area. One hand covering the bottom two ventricle of your heart. The other covering the top two ventricles of your heart. If the situation does not allow it imagine your heart in your chest or imagine placing your hands on your heart.
- Now breathe in and out through your heart and feel your heart fill with loving calmness
- Listen to what you heart wants to say.
As Milan Kundera writes in The Unbearable Lightness of Being¹: ‘When the heart speaks the mind finds it hard to object.’
Have a go!
Start with small steps.
Reflect on what you are noticing.
Please do share your stories so we can all learn together.
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¹ Downloaded 19th June 2017 from https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/4489585-nesnesiteln-lehkost-byt