Open your heart to all opportunities, have the courage to say yes, and the awareness to say no. During the harder times, find something that grounds you, guides you and supports you. Maybe it’s a yoga practice, or therapy, a hike, or a vacation.
Keep a gratitude journal. Each day write down three things you are grateful for without any judgment or opinion. Or perhaps at the end of each day write down the things you accomplished so that you don’t always focus on the things you didn’t do.
Be like the lotus flower that rises and blooms above the murky, muddy waters to reach the light and achieve enlightenment. Be fully grounded in earth, yet aspire towards the divine, whatever that looks like for you.
Don’t give up. There are people who love you and care about you, go to them with your concerns, listen to their thoughts, honor that time. This life is sacred, we all matter, each one of us makes an impact.
Always read what I offer with a grain of salt - take it or leave it. This month’s blog is close to my heart. Fight for your own happiness, explore the boundaries you’ve created, value the in between moments. Come back to love. It’s present; it’s all around us.
Sitting tall in a comfortable position, bring your left palm flat to the heart. Lay the right palm on top of the left hand. Feel as though you are holding your own heart in your hands. Breathe right into that sacred space. Spend a few breaths here in this calming, grounding moment. In the next few breaths start to bring a flutter to the fingers like the petals of a flower blowing in the wind of your breath. Do not rush, be patient with yourself, with your heart. Allow the breath to deepen and slowly begin to open the hands into the Lotus Mudra (pictured) in front of the heart.
Imagine your heart in the center of the lotus of your hands. Raise the lotus of your hands up over head as you inhale, and when you exhale open the arms wide and release them down to the sides of your body. Draw the hands back to heart center in Lotus Mudra and repeat at least three times. Set your heart free!
***Added Bonus: As you exhale chant YAM (pronounced YOM) the bija, root sound of the heart chakra.
“Imagine the bud of a lotus flower (or a water lily) in your heart. Every time you inhale, the flower opens a bit more - until it finally is completely open and can absorb the full sunlight into itself. It lets itself be filled with light, lightness, warmth, love, desire, and joy.” - Gertrud Hirschi from Mudras: Yoga in your Hands
Music Inspiration (all on Spotify)
Sea of Love by Cat Power
Help I’m Alive (Acoustic) by Metric
Jai Sita Ram by MC Yogi