There is so much talk about paying attention to your breath. Your life force. The way your feet hit the ground when you propel yourself down the path. The way you react when someone or something triggers you.
You must pay attention to your thoughts. Pay attention to your verbal response and to your initial instinct. Pay attention to what triggers you, why it triggers you and how you consciously choose to respond – then change the course of your conditioning.
But what about listening to your heart?
Can you feel it open when you are with someone that makes you feel safe and understood? Can you feel it flutter when you have stumbled upon something that excites you? Can you feel it constrict when you feel threatened or misunderstood or wronged?
Have you ever placed your hand over your heart when something moves you?
Have you ever laid your hand over your lover’s heart as they share their story with you?
There is a power there. An answer. A blessing. A key to understanding.
I do agree that we must pay attention to our breath. To our body. To our mind. To our word choice and to our actions. Absolutely.
But, I also think we must be aware of the rhythm and the state of our heart. I am beginning to feel as if it is our greatest compass. The ultimate litmus test. Our advocate. Our confidant. Our guide.
From my heart to yours.