listening to heart

Heart Above Head

Thanks to yoga, I can accept my brother Doug's dare to stand on my head! It was a great day of rafting near Boise, Idaho.

The phrase "heart above head" came up in yoga recently. Our instructor Gabe (short for Gabrielle) extolled the physical virtues of placing our hearts above our heads and then, she wondered out loud about allowing our hearts to guide us in our lives more often.

When was the last time you followed your heart's lead?

It may not be an easy change in leadership. My brain is johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to chiming in on everything. My heart, on the other hand, is harder for me to hear most of the time. Connecting with my heart's voice takes conscious effort. The interaction goes something like this:

Me: Place my hand on my heart to bring my attention inward. Heart, what do you have to share with me?

Heart: Shhhh...quiet your mind. Let go of all those racing thoughts for a moment. They'll be there for you to pick up again. Breathe. Soften the muscles in your face. Listen with all you senses. I may speak through physical sensations, quietly with words, visually through images, or with a sense of intuitive knowing. I am always here for you.

How could you make a decision you're facing with your heart above your head?

In the spirit of learning,


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