One major theme for many of us in 2015 is to follow our heart. It sounds like an easy thing to do but honestly, it is nothing we learned in high school or college and therefore something quite new for a lot of people. What we learned is to use our brain to make decisions and to figure things out.
No wonder that it feels scary and adventurous to trust the impulses from the heart instead of the ones from the head. It takes courage to follow our heart. Which leads me to my favorite quote from the movie Braveheart:
Your heart is free. Have the courage to follow it.
But how do you do that to “follow your heart”?
In order to use the heart as internal guide one has to feel it. Again this may sound like an easy thing to do. But it is not. Because our hearts are not always so free as stated in the quote. They may be blocked by emotions like fear, sadness, grieve or bitterness.
It takes some healing (which often means feeling unpleasant things) to recover from old wounds and to shake up those suppressed emotions.
Are you willing to do the work? I can assure you, it is worth it.
Here is a simple practice to get in deep connection with your heart:
- Take five minutes of quietness (I know how busy life can be, sometimes the only five minutes we can get may be on the toilet).
- Put your left hand (or the right one if it feels better) on your heart.
- From your hand expand your awareness to the area on your breast where your hand rests peacefully. Now this may feel uncomfortable. It could be a tight feeling that you experience or it can even hurt. Or worst of it you feel nothing at all and judge yourself for being a cold fish.
- After some time you might feel a soft pulsation between your hand and your chest. You might start to shed some tears. Keep going it is the way to free your heart.
- Visualize your hand melting together with your heart. Feel the pulse, the tingling, the warmth. This is your hearts flow. Now your heart is open and can give you all the answers you need. Because every time you say or think something that is out of alignment with your heart, it will close and feel cold and tight again.
The best time for me to do this heart-melting-practice is before I fall to sleep. I noticed that my sleep improves when I am more lighthearted and peaceful. Please try this – it has the power to change your life!