Play this while reading and during your Restorative Fish Pose (or anytime you feel you may need a little heart opening)…
THE HEART CHAKRA
The heart chakra is this beautiful area of the body surrounding… you probably guessed it… the heart.
It is associated with love, compassion, and self-acceptance.
It represents being “unstruck,”. When properly “aligned,” past hurts are said to no longer harm us. When balanced, we are filled with love, compassion, and self-acceptance. When imbalanced, we can be angry, jealous, sad, and untrusting.
RESTORATIVE FISH POSE
You will need blocks, a bolster, a blanket or some towels.
Lie your bolster, blankets or towels vertically aligned with your mat.
If you have blocks, allow the first block to support your back just below the tips of your shoulder blades, and the second block to support the back of your skull.
Send your heart toward the sky and open your arms into a T.
You can have you legs in a butterfly pose or stretch them out long. Choose whichever variations feel best for you and breathe deeply here for no less than five minutes.
If you need to decrease the intensity place a rolled-up blanket (instead of a block) under your heart.
Relax. Allow your legs to become heavy. Soften your shoulders away from your ears. Release any tension you may be holding in your jaw. Breathe deep.
Visualize the color green.
Bring your attention to your heart center.
Think of someone you love deeply. Send all your loving-kindness to this one person. Repeat the following mantra as if speaking to the person…
“May you live with ease, may you be happy, may you be free from pain,”-Loving-Kindness Meditation
Next, think of someone toward whom you have neutral feelings. Focus on them, sending all of your loving-kindness to this person while repeating the same mantra, focusing on them.
Then, think of someone with whom you struggle. Repeat the mantra and send that person all of your loving-kindness. Then think of yourself. Repeat the mantra and send all of your loving-kindness to yourself.
Finally, think of all living beings. Repeat the mantra as you send loving-kindness to all beings everywhere.
Sit with these feelings for a few moments.