Have you asked your heart how it's feeling? I often check in with my best friend about how her heart is feeling. She is one of the most caring nurturing people I know. She opens her heart freely to all those around her. This can be an extremely loving and fulfilling place to operate from. However, when the people she is caring for are not in a good space, sometimes it can wear heavy on her heart. Check in with your heart and see if it needs any extra love, healing and/or opening today.
Try out this heart centered meditation. Begin by finding a quiet space to sit and relax for a bit. Sit upright so your spine is aligned properly. If sitting upright is not comfortable, you can find a gentle space to lie down. Begin by focusing on your breath. Just observe how it moves in and out, without judgment. Simply feel your breath as it enters your body providing a renewing relaxing quality to your entire system. Feel your breath as it releases from your body into the universe. Continue to feel and observe your breath, letting each breath relax you further. Let in the rejuvenating qualities of the air while you let go of any stress or worry as you breathe out. When you are ready, begin to deepen your breath just a bit on both the inhale and the exhale. Allow for a little pause after you breathe in fully, and allow for a little pause after you breathe out (this breathing technique allows for deeper slower breaths with silent spaces in between).
You may place your hands on your heart when you feel ready. Simply observe how it feels to connect the energy of your hands to your heart. Observe how it feels to connect to this powerful life-breathing organ within. With your hands comforting your heart, ask your heart how it feels. Allow any feelings or emotions to arise just as they may, without judgment. This is a chance for your heart to be open and to receive the warmth of the energy from your comforting hands. Sit with the emotions and feelings that may arise for you here. Ask your heart what it needs in this moment. Allow a flooding of unconditional love to pour over and into your heart. Visualize your heart receiving this abundance of love as it heals any hurt that may be present. See the colors that arise, allow the feelings to float through you. Continue to breathe love and healing into your heart while you breathe out any emotions weighing it down. See and feel your heart mending and healing as you continue to breathe and receive the love and comfort it needs.
When you are ready, you may add in sound to this heart centered meditation. Take a deep breath in and let out a "YAM" (pronounced "Y-AHH-M") as you breathe out. YAM is the mantra used to open your heart chakra. Repeat this mantra 3 times. Take a deep breathe in, hold your breath at the top and let out a YAM. Continue to focus on your heart as you chant YAM out loud or silently in your heart. As you chant YAM, you can invite a bright beautiful green light to ignite all the love within your heart and being (the color associated with the heart chakra is green).Continue to breathe and receive as you open and heal your heart with this beautiful green healing light and sound vibration of the YAM.
Check in with your heart regularly. Ask how it's feeling, especially on those heavy heart days. You can come back to this bright green energy flow and loving touch with your healing hands whenever you need it. Connecting with your heart in this way will naturally open your heart and keep the positive flow going.
Much love and light!
Liz Myers, Rooted Living Wellness Coach.
Liz Myers, MA, RYT200
Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher.
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