love heart Valentine's Day“Follow your heart.”

“Live through your heart.”

“Let your heart guide you.”

These are wise words that probably all of us have heard at least once.

Easier said than done, though, right?

Sometimes—and especially in times of stress or anger—letting the heart guide us is the LAST thing we want to do.

And sometimes, even when we have the intention to do so, we just don’t know how.

I believe that the heart—and I mean this on an energetic as well as a physical level—is a muscle that has to be developed just like any other.

“Living through the heart” is a way of life that can be filled with wisdom, insight, guidance and adventure.

It can be the ultimate travel experience!

Living life from the heart can take us through the cosmos, to the arms of our soul mate and into the lives of our dear animal friends.

It makes us feel alive when we live through the heart!

So how do we do it?

Practice, practice, practice. Every day.

Practice when you are NOT in crisis. When all is right with your world and you can feel the presence of your heart inside you and all around you.

That way, when crisis does arise (and it will, eventually) the skills that you have been practicing concerning the heart will naturally rise to the surface and assist you in staying calm, centered, focused and wise in the middle of the storm.

With the heart’s help, you always make the right decision.

Here are 4 of my favorite meditations, visualizations and discussions around the heart. They are rather eclectic. Each in their own way, they can be a guide towards a more heart-centered life.  I hope you find them as effective as I do!

Drumvalo Melchizedak “Entering the Sacred Space Within the Heart” Meditation

Melchizedak is known for a lot of things, including his work with sacred geometry and relationship healing. When I first heard this meditation, I was on a solo retreat (surprise!) in a house way out in the boonies about 50 miles from Taos. It was winter and I was going through some major health issues. As the snow gently fell outside and the temp turned to below 0, I lit a candle and listened to the “Female” version of this very powerful meditation. I was not working with the heart to finding love in the form of  another person. I was simply looking for a way to heal myself and my body. The amount of heart-expansion I felt coming from the universe, the earth and myself while listening was astounding and brought tears to my eyes.

The Female version:

The Male version:

 

Deepak Chopra’s “Loving the World” Meditation

This meditation just feels good. There is something about Deepak’s calm and self-assured voice that says “All is right in the world.” (And I feel this way even after Mr. Chopra’s super-hip image makeover …love the new glasses!).

Hey, whatever works. And this meditation works for me, especially first thing in the morning!

 

Louis Hay’s Five Minute Meditation to Open Your Heart

You can do this while you are in the shower, before falling asleep (what a wonderful way to dose off), when you are standing in line, whenever!

It’s simple and it’s five minutes, folks. And it may just change the rest of your day:

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Breathe in and breathe out and just let go of all that stuff that is stuck inside you.

This is a special day and we don’t want to carry any old stuff with us.

Put one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly. And as you breathe quietly, notice how comforting that feels. Be aware that you can do this anytime and anywhere and take care of yourself.

You can make yourself feel better with simple gestures and your own breathe. How it calms you down. It lets yesterday go. It gives you a feeling of safety. You are here for yourself. And as you release yesterday and even this moment, you allow your full attention to come into this day, this hour, this time. Turn your full attention to this wonderful, wonderful day.

Let your heart open and make room for all the good of the Universe to come in.

All is well.

For more commentary on this meditation by Louis herself, click here.

 

Eckhart Tolle’s Comments on “Making a Decision”

This little segment may not seem like it relates to the heart at all. But it does if you see the heart as a vehicle for your intuitive self to come through. What we are calling the “heart” in this respect, Eckhart calls “knowing.” This short video is a response to the questions: How can we make the right decision? How do we know what it is just “mind stuff” going and when it is a deeper calling from the self or from the impulse of the universe?

In classic Tolle-style, using simple words and metaphors (and a little bit of humble humor), this great spiritual master gives pointers that are simple, easy to use and just make sense.

https://youtu.be/vQM6bRgvrns

 

Do you have a particular meditation modality that helps you open your heart? Please share it in the Comments section below!