Tuning In to the Heart
You may have experienced your heart-sense in the form of intuition or just a sense of what’s the ‘right’ thing to do. This often happens as a happy coincidence, but did you know that with a bit of practice you can tune in at any time, on purpose?
To begin, create a quiet space for yourself – soft lighting, maybe a candle and some crystals. (Amethyst and Rose Quartz are great for this) Focus on your breath and begin to quiet your mind – with every breath you bring in more chi, more life force, deepening your connection.
Then tune in – you can even place a hand over your heart as you do so. Breathe, and with a calm mind pose a question to your heart. Start out with a simple one. Ask, and then listen, paying attention to your body and feelings as you do so. If you have a possible answer, offer it to your heart and then take note of how your feelings and senses shift in response.
You’re not looking for fireworks, here, or a big booming voice from on high telling you what’s best. The information received from the heart-sense is a subtle one, usually noted more in the change in sensation and feeling than in direct answers.
Practicing tuning in when all isn’t perfectly controlled is a very good idea – that’s likely the kind of situation you’ll be in when you need it most! Already being familiar with the process will help with this a great deal.
Try starting out in a public place that’s relatively calm – like a park! and then perhaps somewhere a little more busy, like a grocery store or even the mall.
The practice is the same – breathe, center, suspend your thoughts, place your hand over your heart and go within. If you’re mind chimes in, just tell it to hush for a moment – right now, you’re making the choice to listen to your heart-sense.
Once you’re calm, (deep, slow breaths) bring focus to your question – a clear question is half the task! – and then propose possible answers one at a time while focusing on your heart. Be sure to pause between each so your inner sense has a chance to reset. Then take what you’ve gotten back to your mind and add it into the mix.
Practice is the key, with it you’ll strengthen your ability to tune in. The heart is not only a muscle – it has many cells which are very similar to the brain itself! They can adapt (neuroplasticity, it’s called) and will do so when called upon by you, changing to suit your needs over time.
One last thing worth noting – tuning in isn’t something that requires a leap of faith or that you act upon whatever you get… This is just an additional source of information to help you make choices. The heart and mind, working together, provide you with a much bigger picture and many more options than the mind alone can summon up.