Open Your Heart


reiterOur society operates from the head, carefully thinking, weighing the pros and cons and making decisions that make sense based on the current situation. We may have a choice on Sunday night to prepare for a Monday morning presentation or to watch a movie. Our heart may beg us for the relaxing, enjoyable entertainment, but our mind tells us to run through that presentation one more time….

Seems like a fairly logical choice, even though you spent the past two weeks working on the presentation and five hours Saturday night perfecting it. But wouldn’t it help you to review your material one more time?

Perhaps not.

Perhaps having a little less-polished speech will make your endorphins flow and make your speech more passionate. It may make your words more genuine and less rehearsed. You could also seem more approachable for questions and suggestions. And perhaps watching the movie will inspire you in some way that will further enhance your presentation.

So what is the better choice?

Ask your heart.

Sometimes the practical choice is not the better choice. The better choice is the one that comes from the heart. Many of us often think that too much fun and not enough work are the ingredients for failure. Oftentimes, however, it is the exact opposite: the greatest successes come when we honor our heart and follow our passion.

In many cases, we would be better off going with the option that is more fun, even if our minds tell us differently. The best solution in any decision-making process is to check in with your heart and your intuition.

From a physical perspective, allow your body to move in ways that keep your heart open. Remind yourself to keep your arms at your sides rather than crossing them over your chest. Relax your shoulders away from your ears. Stand tall with your chest lifted and open. Do not hunch your back or hide behind things. Wear green, the color of the heart chakra.

Do a small back bend from time to time to bring awareness into your chest and energy into your body. Stretch your arms wide, releasing that heart energy into your arms, hands and fingers. They are extensions of the heart and provide us numerous ways to connect with others.

Respect your heart. Listen to it. Open it. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. And trust that you are safe in your vulnerability.

Allow yourself to be wide open to everything that is for your highest good. So often we stay stuck in our comfort zones, in our tiny self-constructed and self-perceived boxes. We tend to include people in our lives whom we think share our same interests, beliefs, status and background. These choices may be based on the ego and they can keep us from opening our hearts. Of course, when you feel that someone or something is wrong for you, it is beneficial to release that person or thing. But when everything feels right and good, be open to receiving all the abundance, happiness and beauty the Universe has to offer.

Allow that abundance to come into your life in every way. Open your heart to the earth, the wind, the sky and the ocean. Open your heart to plants and animals living in harmony. Open your heart to those who love you. Open your heart like an innocent, trusting child. Open it as though you have never been hurt in your life. Trust that the Universe will expose you to what is for your highest good.

Be open to the happiness that is your birthright. Fear nothing – especially do not fear your own happiness. Open your heart and your soul. See yourself in others. See others within yourself. Live your life with abandon. Trust that the world is filled with love and with compassion. Add to that depth of love. Jump into it. Dive into it. Belly flop and somersault into it. Let all the love in the world fill your heart and fill your soul. And let that love cascade from every breath you breathe, every thought you think and every action you take.

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Deanna Reiter
Deanna Reiter, MA, has helped individuals worldwide resolve personal issues through conscious breathing. She is a Rebirthing Breathworker, Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi Instructor, a USA Track & Field Certified Running Coach and a Master Trainer for the National Exercise Trainers Association. She is the author of Qi Breathing: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, Dancing with Divinity: Positive Affirmations for Any Situation and The Nine Scoundrels: How to Recognize and Release Subtle Patterns of Sabotage. Deanna offers individual and group breathing sessions, as well as breathing workshops. She can be contacted at [email protected].


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