AN OPEN HEART
I have been re-reading Michael Singer’s book The Untethered Soul, a work that I would highly recommend to everyone. In it, he writes about the heart as the most sensitive and intelligent area of the body, a place where energy can flow or get stuck. If something from our past traumatized us, the energy is stored there, unable to pass through us the way it wants to. It then gets triggered unconsciously, randomly, and a myriad of times–causing us suffering–until we we become aware enough to open our heart and allow that energy to finally move on.
I am also closing in on the completion of a 30-day Yoga challenge that I began for the New Year. There are a lot of heart openers in each practice and, truthfully, they are some of my least favorite poses. I find them a struggle, both in flexibility and endurance; I don’t enjoy them. As a fairly new Yogi, It hadn’t registered with me, though, that the purpose of a heart opener is related to the heart chakra and is meant to encourage energy flow. Duh. Sometimes it takes me a while to get things. It’s not about opening my shoulders and chest; it’s about opening my heart, even when it hurts. The correlation between Yoga and the challenging situations I’ve been dealing with in my day-to-day life is a bit mind-blowing at times. Yoga has become a container to hold everything I’m feeling and a way to process those feelings without getting blocked or depressed.
Singer says, “Remember, if you love life, nothing is worth closing over. Nothing, ever, is worth closing your heart over.”