Photo Credit Miguel Echievera
This Heart Listening Meditation can help you to release fears and anxiety, tune into your true self and express the best of you. Whatever the struggle, these past few years have had the propensity to make or break many of us. Many have left this Earth, left relationships, ‘stable’ careers, and homes; many changes still seem to be happening too..
Physically and physiologically I’m in better shape than possibly ever before; psychologically and emotionally possibly also too but, recently I’ve noticed the heavy feeling in my heart. Perhaps this is from before but I wasn’t quiet enough to listen to it, or perhaps it’s more recent that my heart is feeling pained as I only came to notice it when sitting down for a few minutes self-healing before leaving to teach.
Your physical heart resides in the left hand side of your chest, the emotional or energetic centre in more in the middle of the chest at the bottom of the sternum (breast bone). The left side is side to relate to the right side of our brains, which is said to be related to our more feminine, quiet, and intuitive qualities; for me, this left side has generally been a bit more disturbed on comparison to the right.
Once I had settled into my seat, it was almost like a firework of realisation went off in my mind!.. When did I last truly listen to my heart?!. I realised I still was in need for some deeper introspection to move in beyond the pull of thoughts, judgement and the mind.. The mind is very smart, I thought I was feeling, but this is different to actually feeling, listening, sensing and being aware of the more subtle layers..
The heart meditation my heart shared with me is too good and too easy not to share.
Sit, lay down, or however you can be comfortable and about 80% relaxed, so there is still an edge of alertness present. Lightly place your hand on your heart (just above left boob or nipple is probably the easiest place to sense it, and see if you can follow your heart beat..
If you can’t at first it’s important to breathe and be patient, these things can take time..
Simply stay with that and send the intention of love from your hand(s) to your heart.
See if you can tune into the connected nature of it all through your physical body. If that evolves to more subtle systems then allow whatever comes. If you wind up thinking then notice your thoughts, if it’s a story about hurt, love, pain, fun or anything else then notice it, and come back to listening to your heart beat. If anything keeps pulling at your attention then explore it at will, or simply write it down to make a note, but be conscious you’ve distracted from the listening. For how long you want to do this is up to you. Start with 5 minutes is my suggestion. Try it and let me know how you get on!