We have a tendency to experience our lives through our vision and mind - our centre-point of consciousness.
Physically, this feels like it is just behind the eyes.
A really powerful yoga practice is to bring your focus down into your heart centre; not over your physical heart, but just in the centre of your chest - breastbone – sternum.
Take a few minutes in meditation.
Become aware of your feet if you are standing, or your sit bones if you are sitting.
Drop your awareness into your body and sense how you feel.
Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and any sensations that ebb and flow through your body.
Just let them move, if possible without attachment, but, if you do feel attached - do so without judgment. Just experience!
Then, slowly and gently bring awareness to the character, texture, length and quality of your breath.
Relax the jaw and facial muscles, let the breath move deeper and drop the sense of self from the head down into the heart centre.
Remain here for as long as it feels comfortable.
Go to the edge of your comfort zone and pause here. Never force yourself to go further.
Extend your meditation comfort zone slowly, over time.
If thoughts wander or become too claustrophobic, re-focus upon your body and bring yourself back to the practice without pushing any feelings away, but neither becoming preoccupied with the stories.
Let them move through your consciousness, unhindered.
Finally, reconnect with your feet or sit bones, while being aware of your connection to the earth, and gently drop your chin slightly to the chest as you slowly open your eyes and realign with the light of the room or surroundings.
Do not rush out of the practice. Integration is essential.
The transition from meditation to daily life is the key to integration.
Reflect for a few moments on how you now feel.
See if anything feels different?
What does the world feel like when the ‘centre of you’ is deep in your heart rather than in your head?
How does your body feel?
Please tag someone who may enjoy this meditation.
Have a lovely eve. 🦋️ - 11 hours ago