Having a healthy heart is facilitated by integrative practices like diet, exercise, and meditation.
Spiritual teachers have long understood that the heart is the seat of consciousness. And Western science now has lots of evidence to confirm this understanding.
Did you know that the heart has its own central nervous system? It does, and it sends messages to the brain. It doesn’t just receive them.
The heart has an electromagnetic field that is bigger than the brain’s. This field radiates from each of us and extends far into space. Our fields intersect all over the place and so we’re all connected through our hearts in this way.
Our hearts connect us to a consciousness greater than the mind or ego. So by having a healthy heart and approaching life with an open heart we connect with a greater awareness. This awareness or consciousness is different from the awareness of the mind. The heart has a different perspective than the mind.
The mind looks for differences and the heart looks for similarities. The mind sees how we are all different and the heart sees how we are all connected.
You can simply sit with your eyes closed and shift your attention to your heart. Think of your breath flowing in and out of your heart. Try to feel gratitude or appreciation for anyone or anything while heart-breathing. Breathe deeply and rhythmically but don’t strain.
If you want to take this further and try some easy meditation techniques, I give you that on this site for free.
If you want you can hold the breath gently at the top of the inhale and you will feel your heart expanding with the energy of the breath. Your heart is opening and this is an important part of having a healthy heart.
The third important thing to add here is gratitude and appreciation. While you are breathing gently, deeply and rhythmically, you want to bring a feeling of appreciation into your awareness. Think of someone or something that you appreciate deeply and hold that feeling while continuing to breathe!
So remember the basics: heart-awareness, heart-breathing, heart gratitude.
Heart-Focused breathing is being taught by doctors, nurses, and clinics throughout the world.
When opening our hearts they might feel tender or vulnerable. This is part of the healing process. Just keep giving your attention to your heart and breathing smoothly and rhythmically. This benefits your heart physically and energetically. You can think of energizing and healing your heart anytime. You are connecting yourself to Source every time you do this. Enjoy!