In the two minutes or so that you may take to read this blog, the 5-6 liters of blood in your system will have circulated through your heart about six times. Your lungs will have inflated and sent fresh oxygen to your system about 30 times. And if you’re a mom, you know the potential power of life-giving milk to a baby. That is an awful lot of energy in the fourth chakra of our body.
Further, there is one common thread I’ve found across history and global spiritual traditions – breathing in to the awareness of our heart is powerful. As Raman Maharshi, a Hindu sage once said, “Dive deep into the chambers of your heart. Find out the real, infinite “I”. Rest there peacefully forever and become identical with the Supreme Self. Call it by any name, God, Self, the Heart, or the Seat of Consciousness, it is all the same.” And Carl Jung once said, “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
The heart is often referred to as the bridge between body and spirit, earth and heaven. But how often do we pay attention to it and listen to it? Outside of very tragic recent Covid-19 spikes, heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the US for a century with lung cancer for men and breast cancer for women as the second leading causes of death.
Could it be that our hearts are calling to us? Research studies continue to show that when we breathe into our hearts quietly and consciously, our stress indicators improve, our hormone secretions begin to shift out of overdrive, our compassionate awareness increases. We begin to see, feel and think in a wider container of creativity and beingness.
So, let’s give our minds a break for a few minutes and breathe love and gratitude into the organ that keeps us alive every minute. Let me know how your feel and what you experience.