Valentine’s Day meditation: heart breathing
Posted February 14, 2011on:
Typically when we meet and connect with others, it’s largely through our forebrains. We’re looking to see who’s safe, where there’s a connection, what we have in common… generally things that involve thinking. However, another level connection comes from the heart.
Heart Breathing is a practice I occasionally teach to clients, and also in workshops where I help people communicate with ease and from the whole self. Even in formal business settings, it radically changes people’s interactions – it starts as a meditation, but also can be used to enhance heartfelt communication.
- Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor, and close your eyes.
- Begin taking long, deep breaths. If like, place a hand or two over your heart.
- As you breathe in, visualize breathing in through your heart. On the exhale, imagine exhaling out of your heart. Practice for a few minutes.
- When interacting with people throughout the day, do this while you listen. They’ll feel your presence differently. As well, try to do it while talking, too.