This article was written by Gini Grey, who is a Transformational Coach, utilizing a powerful blend of coaching, counseling and spiritual energy tools in her individual sessions, workshops, books and CD's. For more information go to www.ginigrey.com.
How open is your heart? When our heart is fully open love flows freely to us and through us to others. Much like how our physical heart pumps blood to nourish our brain and body, our heart chakra swirls with affinity to nurture all aspects of our lives.
As we allow the protective shields to crumble away from our heart, love blossoms within. From this place of high self-affinity we can't be harmed or broken; nothing less than love can enter our space. But as soon as we shut down, become defensive or judgmental to ourselves or others, our heart closes over.
Our conditioning may tell us to shrink back when rejected or judged, yet in truth our best protection is to open our heart more fully, at first to ourselves and then to others. Being big hearted allows us to shine; it blankets us in a glow of kindness and compassion.
* How open is your heart right now? You might feel how open it is or you might see a percentage its openness.
* What triggers your heart to close down? Is it how others treat you or is it your own self judgments?
* What supports you in opening your heart? Do others affect the openness of your heart? Can you have your heart as open as you like regardless of others?
* Imagine opening your heart more fully. Close your eyes and imagine the energy of love flowing more fully through your heart and chest. Notice how this feels in your body. What affect will this have on your relationship to yourself and to others?
* Imagine closing your heart down a bit. How does this feel in your body? How would this affect your relationship to yourself and to others to have your heart closing down? When you notice this happening, what can you do to soften and open your heart again? What do you need to let go of? What do you need to embrace? Do this now.
* Whenever you are feeling hurt, shutdown or unclear, put your hand on heart, close your eyes and connect more deeply to the flow of love. Ask your heart what it wants. Ask your heart what your next best step is.
"We are made for loving. If we don't love, we will be like plants without water."
-- Archbishop Desmond Tutu