Polishing your heart.

“The Sufis speak of polishing the heart into a mirror, so that through our love we can reflect the heart of everything.  This is why we polish the heart into a mirror—to open and touch the place within us where all life lives, where all hearts feel, where all things resound through the inlet of our soul.” (summarized from The Endless Practice by Mark Nepot).

The practice of yoga enables us to deeply cleanse and polish the physical, mental & spirit body. We begin with the palpable expansion & contraction of the breath as a way of bringing new life force in and releasing expired energy out.  When our mind connects to this energetic ritual, the muscular, cellular, and subtle body responds in harmony.

This week, as our culture reminds us of the importance and celebration of love, bring this awareness of polishing the heart into your daily practice. Just as you brush your teeth in the morning, take the time to look inward to your heart. Visualize your own gentle hands polishing your heart. Dissolve the film, peel back the layers or barriers that are hardened by fear and uncertainty and breath openly and deeply into the expression and expansion of love. This is the place where all life lives. This is the practice of love.

The practice…

Our daily practice begins with intention. When we make a conscious connection  to our mind & heart, we enter into our personal practice of living our best life. The thing about The Practice is that it is an ongoing effort. In order to start the practice, we need permission to meet ourselves where we are and move from that energy. This is a great opportunity to check in & become an observer of yourself in the moment. In real time. This is not the self you were in minutes past, nor will it be the self you will become. The challenge is to find comfort in the self as it exists in the moment. It is helpful to acknowledge thoughts and energy that you go towards out of habit. It is helpful to acknowledge all thoughts, energy, emotions & sensation. Practice being in those places. It is in these places that we find areas that need clearing or release as well as places where we are able to hold space. Your practice is something you may come to many times throughout your day, or every so often, in your life. It always has a beginning, but no end.