Life Lessons – Open Your Heart

Posted on March 31st, 2012 by in Life Lessons

It’s easy to lose connection with our feelings. In this fast-paced world, with all the responsibilities that we carry, we are often exhausted by the day’s end. Self-connection is pushed to the side in the face of our busyness and the time devoted to others. This is the moment to consider getting in touch with your own heart and reconnecting to your essence.

The center of the body is the seat of the heart chakra, the energy center that contains our ability to give and to receive freely. It’s the seat of compassion and holds the more ebullient emotions of joy, love, and tenderness. When we are too busy to tend to ourselves, we literally shut down our hearts, and our channel for connection and love becomes clogged.

Here are some simple ideas for opening your heart:

  • Watch a stirring movie. Notice your responses. Give yourself permission to feel.
  • Play some music, something that has a deep emotional history for you. Allow yourself to tap into that feeling.
  • Get some delicious massage oil, warm it up, and give yourself a nurturing heart massage, rubbing the oil into your chest
  • Snuggle into warm clothes and rest.
  • Stimulate the heart center by wearing the colors green and pink.

Come back home to the heart—return home and savor the deliciousness of your own feelings. What do you do to reconnect?

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About Aruni Nan Futuronsky, Life Coach, RYT

Aruni, Senior Life Coach and Program Advisor for the Kripalu Healthy Living programs, is a certified professional-level Kripalu Yoga teacher. She has been teaching in a variety of diverse venues for more than 35 years and has been on the Kripalu faculty for more than 20. Author of Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope, and her latest book, Already Home: Stories of a Seeker, Aruni has also developed the Kripalu coaching methodology, based in presence and right action.

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