“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” ~Charles Dickens
February is the month of cultivating and growing our heart energy! How do we stay heart connected in our “Garden of Life” amongst the day-to-day stressors and the uncertainty of our present day world? We can start by being centered, balanced and Self-Loving. This will require us to “mindfully tend” to how we are feeling emotionally. Remember that what is going on in our inner world is creating our destiny in the outer world. Cultivating bountiful heart energy means planting seeds of heart-centered thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is where we feel compassion for the world, for the people we know, for the people we don’t know, and for our beautiful Self.
What can we do to open up our hearts so we can be there for others?
I am so inspired by a dear friend of mine, Ted Falcon, a Rabbi from Seattle, WA, is on a passionate heart mission. He has a foundation called “The Inner Faith Amigos” and he, a Christian leader, and a Muslim leader have joined up and travel all over the world connecting peoples’ hearts. They go all over the world presenting heart-centered seminars. In these seminars they pick one person from every background, race, religion, socioeconomic statuses, etc. They all sit around a table and one person at a time is asked a different heart-based open-ended question. Everyone else sits quietly and listens with an open heart, as the person shares their point of view. They each become beautiful witnesses to one another’s truth. By the end of this amazing seminar everyone in the room has fallen in love with one another because they realize that they all want the same thing in life: to love and to be loved.
Love does not obey our expectations, it obeys our intentions. ~Lloyd Strom
What are things we can do to cultivate the opening up our hearts and grow bountiful heart energy?
Having a good night’s sleep, eating foods that are good for us, staying hydrated with clean water. When we think about our life as a garden, we think about the loving tending that goes into a garden so that what we produce is healthy, vibrant, and abundant. Tend well.
Cultivate your own garden and let go of your tendency to examine and judge how others cultivate theirs…Stay busy and involved in your own life projects and pursuits and you will be far too busy to care, much less compel others to believe and live as you do.
~Dr. Wayne Dyer
Daily Mediation Practice
We share many words but the silence we share is One. The ancient psalmist said be still, be quite and remember the deeper wisdom that arises from within you. ~Ted Falcon
Meditating every day helps us to quiet our busy minds so we can hear our heart speak its wisdom. Meditation allows the left, analytical, brain to turn off and the right, creative, brain to turn on. When we listen and speak from our hearts, our voices sound different. We are able to convey words, wrapped elegantly in our heart-centered feelings. When we get out of our heads and into our hearts, things become easier, lighter, and more possible.
Here is a simple yet very effective meditation: Breathing through your nose, focus on inhaling from your navel up into your heart while thinking the word “peace” then pause for 4 seconds. Exhale from your heart back to your navel and hold for 4 seconds while thinking the word, “calm”. Repeat this cycle 9 times. In doing so, you will end up with 18 moments of beautiful stillness. This can be done with your eyes closed in a relaxed position or while walking.
Each day, go on a scavenger hunt to find five things for which you are grateful or something that touches your heart and write them down, making sure they are different each day. As we practice gratitude and realize how very blessed we are, it is very easy to turn around and do a random, loving act of kindness to someone we know or even someone we don’t know.
When we are cultivating anything in life, we have to mindfully tend and consciously take action to achieve a bountiful harvest. In the month of February, I ask you to tend well to the garden of your life in the cultivating of your boundless open heart. I am here as your Master Gardener to coach you every step of the way in reaping the harvest of your life.
Happy Valentine’s Day…