The Heart Is A Muscle, Work It.

This is the tagline of the kettlebell gym I went to today.

Knowing the name of the gym is, Bleeding Hearts,

I’m sure the statement has multiple meanings to them as well.

This to me is everything.

I am a Mind Body Coach.

This means I believe that all of the parts of our experience support one another.

The body supports the mind.

And the mind, the body.

But inside of all of that wonderful mess,

lies, the heart.

To stay balanced and moving forward,

we must acknowledge all of it.

With the heart,

we are talking about something very physical,

and yet, ethereal.

I believe it’s health matters on all planes of existnace

and again, supports the whole.

When we ignore our emotional body,

the part of us that is the gate way to our truest essence,

we get sick.

Our soul suffers.

Creativity is stifled.

We can not look at physical symptoms alone,

we must question the emotional state as well.

The art of allowing is a practice that helps.

When there are emotions that resonate in the heart space,

a sacred pause is required.

Tune into sensation.

Shit the perspective to witness.

Close your eyes.

Breathe deeper.

Sit back, watch and allow.

Soon the tightness around the heart softens.

Space is made.

The heart becomes stronger,

it is now safe from the minds rantings

that we must either fight, die or run.

Instead we show up calmly,

with courage and compassion.

We know the truth.

Our heart needs to be set free.

Each time you work your heart like this,

the process becomes easier.

Just like swinging kettlebells.

What are you thinking?

As the outer landscape continues to fade and the days grow shorter and cooler,  the inner world becomes quiet and softer.  When the body starts to slow down, the mind had a couple options, wander else where, or find the same stillness.  The ability for self inquiry can become more available at this slower pace. If we don't stop to pause to recognize the tools, skills and bounty we have already grown, will never become fully realized.  We will quickly move on to the first option of the mind, peace out and start planning the next best thing.  Goals are great, they are what keep us growing and discovering our unlimited potential, but we must tap into our creative wisdom to see what all of the resources we already own,  mixed with our true essence will produce.   This is what Brooke Castillo of The Life Coach School calls passive VS. massive action.  Will we just keep creating goals that don't really produce results, but just knowledge gained, making us think we have actually done something? Or, will we put in the work, get vulnerable and show up to see what our true creative potential is? Most of us interested in self inquiry know we must take action to reach our goals, the work must come from inside, no one can do it for us. We want to take action to live our dreams but can't  seem to get our from behind all of those self help books we've been reading.  And that's okay.  However, if you are interested in creating the life of your dreams, you need to at least start to ask the questions, why am I scared to be seen?  It's the perfect time of year to take some inventory of all you have grown and been storing in the cellar, not just this year, but your divine wellspring of knowledge from your entire life.  

Everyday ritual prompt:Take some quiet time for a writing reflection. 1) What is that one thing you have been waiting to do for so long, but everything seems to keep stopping you from doing so?  This can be anything from reading a book to launching a business.  There are no rules, it's just about your hearts longing that has yet to be fulfilled. 2) What are all of the thoughts surrounding the reason that this is not part of your current circumstance?  Don't censor your self, just keep free writing your thoughts. 3) Take the time to read each one once you are finished writing.  4) Next to the thought, write down how that thought makes you feel, what emotion is present. It can be the same emotion for many thoughts. 5) Now, from a place of reflection and openness, can you rewrite any thought that did not produce a positive emotion with a thought that will.  If any of your thoughts are based on circumstances that involve others changing, through those out.  We can't change other people.  We do not want our thoughts based on the actions of others.  We have to take control, with or with our people in our lives changing.
Once you answer these questions on paper, just a few moment for some deep breathing with your eyes closed.  If your body wants to move, let it go. This is just the beginning of taking control of your life.