Our true desires are overshadowed by ego and conventional ideologies to an extent that our body functions according to the brain, forgetting what the heart needs. Try chest opening poses like cobra, bridge and camel pose and indulge in deep breathing to connect with your inner self and understand what the heart wants.
The source of great wisdom, compassion and joy lies within our heart center. To live and move from this space is to live and move with greater grace and peace. Oftentimes we are so connected to our outer world that we don’t stop to connect with our inner world. So rarely do we drop below the commentary and judgments of the mind that it becomes difficult to understand the language of our heart or hear the whispers of our intuition.
In “The Book of Awakening”, Nepo speaks masterfully to the wisdom of the heart. He tells a story of a woman who found a dried up sea sponge. She walked out into the sea, placed the sea sponge into the ocean – and to her joy watched as it slowly opened. Then, she watched as a tiny fish awakened from its slumber and found its way out to sea.
He says, ” Whatever our path, whatever the color or grain of our days, whatever riddles we must solve to stay alive, the secret of life somehow always has to do with the awakening and freeing of what has been asleep. Like that sponge, our very heart yearns to unfold in the waters of our experience, and like that little fish, the soul is a tiny thing that brings us peace and joy when we let it swim.”
In your yoga practice, try focusing on opening and listening to the heart.
Of course, through yoga practice we can do this with various heart openers (cobra, bridge, bow, camel), but we don’t need a yoga mat to practice letting our hearts unfold. We can practice taking time each day by going below the surface, to make a choice to not be perpetually plugged in to our phones, computers etc. and to not let those never ending judgments and comments of the ego linger in our minds; instead we can practice feeling deeply.
Try pausing. Breathing. Finding a moment of quiet and simply bringing all of your attention to your heart space. Without any judgment or pushing away, notice what comes up. Observe what is felt.