Exercise the Alchemy of the Heart: Strengthen and nurture the heart with these easy tips
Feb 28, 2014 08:57AM
● By By Rosa Fleur
Many of us recognize that we want more love in our lives. The ancient Egyptians believed that the heart, rather than the brain, was the source of all human wisdom and emotions, memory, the soul and personality. The heart is not just a physical organ, but also a gateway to higher consciousness. Here are some tips to strengthen and nurture the heart from world-renowned author and pioneer in practical spirituality, Elizabeth Clare Prophet.
“Making an attunement with our own heart takes practice. Depending on our upbringing, we may or may not have had the opportunity to express our own heart qualities. Having a balance with what we do with our hands and developing the mind is called education of the heart. This balance in heart education includes how to listen with the heart and take action based on those inner promptings of the soul. Take time each day to center in your heart. Consciously think, feel, act and breathe through the heart.”
Stretch your heart muscles by being a friend to someone. Begin by giving more love to others. If you have someone in your life who irritates you or whom you dislike, practice being more patient with that person and find a way to be kind.
Reflect on yourself. If you have stopped extending yourself because you feel uncomfortable, realize you have stopped loving. Find a way to get past the point of pain. Through extending love, you stretch your heart's ability to love. Think of what you need to give up so you can love more. Could it be anger, fear, pride, selfishness or jealousy? Am I staying at work too late? Ask yourself the simple question, “What do I need to give up?” and listen for the answer within yourself. Write down your soul's response so you can review and remember it when you are not in such a meditative state.
Notice when you are in the midst of a test of love and you are slipping out of balance. As the poet Rumi writes, “Listen when your crown reminds you of what makes you cold toward others, as you pamper the greedy energy inside.”
Write down what your positive vision of your life would look like when sprinkled throughout with love. It is unique to each one. There may be a situation when you want to draw the line to protect yourself. These could result in life-changing decisions.
Breathe. Slow, conscious breathing does wonders for helping you become calm and peaceful to turn your emotional dial from upset to calm quickly. Give a simple affirmation or mantra to bring you back to your heart center.
To enhance your spiritual protection, meditate on white light. It is a shield of energy that comes to you from your personal God self through your higher self when you ask for it. To protect yourself from anti-love, visualize this white light as a giant tube around you while giving affirmations such as I am love, OM or Om mani padme hum, to name a few.