So yesterday was Christmas!
There is something amazingly alchemical about being around ones family at this time of year!
Amazingly lovely, but slightly intense at times. And yes meditation can do amazing things, but well sometimes it’s not enough. So yesterday on a walk late afternoon with my uncles partner Julia, she shared something beautiful with me about staying in her heart when the going gets tough. That whatever happens on the external it’s happening (it’s basically beyond our control); but it is how we are internally that counts. So we bring our attention to our heart centre, located in the middle of the chest. This centres us. Grounds us and brings us to a place where we can have a deeper sense of what is going on – for both us and another.
So the practice is literally this – bring your attention to your heart centre, that place in the middle of the chest, near the solar plexus. Keep it there. If you can’t feel anything let out an exhale – or a few – they normally help my connection to my body. Throughout the day you can bring your attention here, but if you know you are about to walk into a room with a lot of people, or that one person who manages to trigger you beyond belief try it out.
I’m basically starting to think of myself as someone who needs a lot of practices to keep sane. And then I sprinkle them throughout my day. So kind of like Mary Poppins’ song, just a little different: ‘just a spoonful of practice, makes the challenges more easy… in the most delightful way…”