Lead With Your Heart
When practicing Reiki, I work primarily on a clairsentient level..meaning I feel emotions, imbalances, etc with my hands. I feel little ‘pings’ or waves of emotion as I’m invited into relationship of an individual’s sacred space. One of the most common areas revealing emotions is the front and back of the heart.
Our heart is the place of unconditional love and compassion for ourselves and all others. It governs the thymus gland which assists in healthy immune function. It is one of the upper centers which allow us to experience the world at a universal level.
The upper back and shoulders is where we hold most of our tension, as if we’re bracing ourselves against the world. In her book, The Places That Scare You, Pema Chodron writes, “..we can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful or afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us.”
We so often attach to our stories of how things should be. Standing, stiffening in our ground in spite of what is in our hearts. Yet when we observe wth our hearts how they could be, we begin to organically open to possibility.
Nubia Teixeira is a beautiful yoga and dance instructor who teaches Heart Flow Yoga. She chants to her students, “lead with your heart, lead with your heart” She then postures on what it’s like when we lead with our heads or our bellies instead of the heart. One can see how this posture pervades society when we forget the unbelievable availability at our hearts’ center.
Try for one week to practice leading with your heart. See how your posture shifts, your mindset towards others and your mindset towards yourself. Then begin to witness how love or compassion or forgiveness enters into your life in the most interesting and sweetest of ways.