I taught a heart opening class today for a couple of my yoga groups today. Heart opening......what is that? Well the physical part definitely opens the chest, working the shoulders, the upper back, but just like everything else in yoga there is so much more.
For one thing, there is emphasis on the heart chakra, the energy meridian that deals with compassion......your ability to love as well as to receive love. The asanas bring much movement, blood flow, and oxygen to the chest, creating a feeling of warmth and well being........there are lots of smiles in a heart opening class. As I taught the class, I talked about the importance of self-love as well as the love we give to others. Often our self love is more like self-loath, so I try to teach these classes pretty often. How can we be loved, if we don't love ourselves......and I am not talking ego here. I am talking about the realization that we are all deserving of love, no matter our past, no matter what we have done, if we are to believe that we are all of one spirit, that we are part of this incredible creation of life, then we all deserve love. I know, there are many who seem unlovable......but if you stop to think about it, those are the very ones we should send our love to.
I once read that if someone hurts you, no matter how bad........pray a blessing for them instead of hate.....and then move on with your life. Not easy, not easy at all......but think about when someone makes you angry, or hurts you or you feel hate for someone, think about how bad it makes you feel, almost physically ill.
This opening the heart is difficult, hard stuff.....not for sissies. My most favorite teaching from the Bible.....
do unto others as you would have them do unto you.......the Golden Rule. If we could live by those simple words...........
Tonight, after teaching those classes, I feel very much at peace, very loved......and very willing to love.
After each class today, there were so many smiles........I think the vibration level in North Central Alabama was raised quite a bit this afternoon........I hope you all felt the love.
Don't forget to go to the Glee site and vote for Phil Campbell High School tonight. Thanks so much! The numbers are climbing because of all of you. That's just part of that heart opening stuff! Ha, ha!
Good night, Sweet dreams