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Heart-Centred

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What’s difficult in life is to stay centered when somebody does or says something that tempts us to close our hearts because their heart was closed. That is hard. But that is also how we grow. We go through those circumstances in order to evolve into people who can hold to our loving center no matter what the world throws us. – Marianne Williamson

The following are some meditative and calming ways to reconnect with your true, loving self and live in alignment with your heart centred self:

Bamboo Breathing

Sit with good, straight posture so energy can easily flow through you.

Inhale deeply, gently, and slowly from the bottom of your stomach, as if your heart is pulling the air up to the chest.

Hold for several seconds (or as long as feels safe and comfortable to do so).

Exhale slowly and gently in segments (bit by bit which keeps your mind focussed on your breathing, aiding in reaching a deeper level of meditation).  It´s called “bamboo breathing” because bamboo does not form a perfect straight line, but is connected in many misaligned segments; it helps you connect to your body and feel each exhale through the body like running your hand over the differing textures and bumps in bamboo.

Yum Mantra

Sit with good, straight posture so energy can flow easily through you.

Inhale deeply, gently, and slowly from the bottom of your stomach and hold for a few seconds when the breath reaches your chest (heart chakra).

On the exhale, mentally say the Sanskrit Mantra “Yum” which opens your heart chakra.

On the inhale you are breathing in love, peace, forgiveness that resides in your heart space and on the exhale you are opening your heart chakra, releasing anything that doesn´t serve you anymore, inviting new energy into your heart chakra on each new inhale of breath.

Heart-Centred Appreciation

Sit with good, straight posture so energy can easily flow through you.

Inhale deeply, gently, and slowly from the bottom of your stomach, hold for a few seconds, and exhale deeply, gently, and slowly.

Whilst breathing like this, focus your attention on your heart and imagine feelings of appreciation arising in your heart space. Imagine all the people, situations, aspects of yourself, experiences you have had, times in your life, places in nature, pets, animals, relationships that you appreciate.  Allow your breathing and focus on appreciation in your heart space to bring you into a deeper relaxation and appreciation for all.

Send this loving appreciation out into the world, to every person in the world, to future events coming up in your life on each exhale and on the inhale, breathing in all you appreciate in your life.

Resilience

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If you are going through any challenging times in your life, here is a little gem to give you a hug and encourage you to keep going as you ride the wave between yin and yang.

A familliar biblical passage puts the issue of trust in perspective. You can build your house on sand, or you can build your house on rock. If you build your house on sand, then the winds will come and the rains will come, and your house will fall down. But if you build your house on rock, then the winds and rains will still come, but your house will remain firm. What this means to me is that if I trust in temporary things to give my life a sense of meaning, then I will always be vulnerable to despair and disappointment. But if I build my house on rock, then my life will remain firm in spite of life’s inevitable disappointments.

The rock, of course, is love. People may betray me or disappoint me—but if my heart remains open, I will endure the storm. My job or my house or my money may go—but if my heart remains open, I will endure the storm. The man I love may decide tomorrow that he loves me no more—but if my heart remains open, I will endure the storm. – Marianne Williamson

Remember, you are your own rainbow, the bridge between the sunshine and the rain; you create your own well-being from within.  Although it´s fun and joyful when we are at the sunshine end of the rainbow, it´s important to learn the skill of being resilient. When our rainbow is hiding behind the clouds and rain and we start to lose hope that only dark skies lie ahead, we need to remember that we are the rainbow and we are sat on top of that rainbow taking in the view, accepting what is with gratitude, whilst simultaneously envisioning and taking small incremental steps towards our joy.

“No matter how hard the past,you can always begin again.” Buddha