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connecting with the heart through body & spirit

Updated: Mar 22, 2022



Here are two technniques I've been enjoying. I hope they work for you.


Each one takes about 3-5 minutes.


Each uses two sets of phrases. The first set comes from the Buddha. The second set is mine. My thanks to Lion's Roar magazine for introducing me to the Buddhist phrases.


technique one: connecting with the heart through the body


Feel your heart.


If you're struggling, check your pulse to connect with the heart's rhythm, or place your hand gently over your heart.


Feeling connected to the heart space, say the following words, aloud or silently, three times:


do no harm

practice virtue

discipline the mind


Now take three relaxing breaths. Breathe from the belly, in through the nose & out through the mouth.


After the third exhale, rest. Feel your body. Take your time.


When you're ready to continue, reconnect to the heart space.


Feeling connected to the heart space, say the following words, aloud or silently, three times:


feeling steadily

feeling deeply

in the heart


Take three more relaxing breaths. Breathe from the belly, in through the nose & out through the mouth.


After the third exhale, rest. Feel your body. Take your time.


End by giving thanks with a gentle bow of the head.


technique two: connecting with the heart through the spirit


Feel your heart.


If you're struggling, check your pulse to connect with the heart's rhythm, or place your hand gently over your heart.


Feeling connected to the heart space, say the following words, aloud or silently, three times:


present moment awareness directed toward the body


After the third exhale, rest. Feel your body. Take your time.


When you're ready to continue, reconnect to the heart space.


Feeling connected to the heart space, say the following words, aloud or silently, three times:


body

world

one


Take three more relaxing breaths. Breathe from the belly, in through the nose & out through the mouth.


After the third exhale, rest. Feel your body. Take your time.


End by giving thanks with a gentle bow of the head.

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