Hold on to your heart, even when it feels like a sunken treasure chest buried far beneath waves of difficulty. Hold on to your heart as if it were a life boat when a storm threatens to capsize your steady, known way of being.
The heart remembers. The heart knows the way when you have forgotten. The heart knows how to access true wealth in the currency of kindness, compassion, patience, trust, forgiveness, faith.
But how do you rely on your heart for its many strengths when your chest hurts and you can barely breath, when it feels like your heart has rebelled against you and the life force of doubt is coursing through your blood?
Spend time in nature. Our Great Mother does not judge. Rather, she offers up her beauty in soft, mysterious ways. In silent conversations with her, you can hear your heart beating, your soul calling you back home to compassionate presence.
Listen to a meaningful song or read inspiring poetry, passages. The repetition of music and/or words can help you reconnect with loving intentions you have for yourself and the world around you. The heart’s strangled whispers can become the song or poem speaking louder than any offensive judgements.
Talk to those who love you and can mirror back your flawless True Nature. Distorted images of you from fun house mirrors of heart disconnection are quite painful. Let them help you find your way back to love.
Develop personal self-compassion phrases that resonate with you like light houses shining loving presence no matter how dark or violent the storm. For gentle guidance on how to create these phrases, please see the Self-Compassion Break. (Please contact me if you have any questions on how to create, work with these phrases. I would be more than happy to mirror your heart’s capacity for self-compassion.)
Speak with a teacher or spiritual guide who embodies the heart's wisdom. Chances are you will hear familiar stories of discontent, disappointment, and disconnection, reminding you that we ALL are afflicted by life’s hindrances at one time or another. No one is immune to adversity, but we don't have to be immune to our own heart's tender plea for understanding.
Hold on to your heart. When the largest tsunami of your life strikes, take shelter in the heart. The heart remembers the sunken treasure chest. The heart knows the way.