Monday, October 17, 2011

Heart Opening

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


  1. I find it very hard to forgive nor to forget! LOL!! So far I've learned to walk away and to avoid people who hurt me!! Hopefully one day I'd be able to open my heart too! Yay! take care

  2. This is a very hard lesson for me to learn.

  3. Your class must have had a glow lighting up the room. You are so right that hating someone is unhealthy for the person feeling the hate. It is all destructive. Great post.

  4. Great post! Sometimes I feel that if I don't forgive and forget then that person takes power away from me and if I can just "get over it" and move on, then I've taken that power back. Once a friend told me that when we have hate, hurt or have other negative feelings toward another person it's like us taking poison hoping they will die...they may not even realize how we're feeling and they are going on with their lives while we stew in our own juices! I don't know if that makes any sense, but I think your class would be one that everybody should take atleast once a week! Have a good day!

  5. When you speak with someone, anyone, I think sensing whether their heart is closed or open is the first thing communicated.
    I try to remember upon waking every day, to stand with my arms spread wide to open my heart to the day.

  6. I like the words "Heart Opening". To open your heart to others and also to yourself is a risk, but well worth it.

  7. Blessing for one taht hates you ..agree must heart them more hate

  8. That was my last class with you, Jilda. Thanks for everything you taught me about opening my heart and loving myself!