Time certainly flies! It is already a month since my last newsletter. It’s kinda caught me by surprise, I have been so immersed in my introductory forays into the virtual world of blogging. Every step forward reveals a dozen more peeling off in different directions waiting to be explored, opening new neural pathways. Anyway, enough of that!
LISTENING AND HEARING
In the August newsletter I posed the issue of removing internal filters and blockages that get in the way of heart centred listening and hearing. So just what are some of the filters and blockages that get in the way of unfiltered listening and hearing? Both require attention to be paid to more than mere sound. Both require an openness, a presence that absorbs and notes all the subtle nuances inherent within each. And that means listening and hearing with the eyes, with intuition, with Soul. Getting to that state is the tricky bit.
As we walk, run, jump for joy or crawl, scream and howl through life, we collect ‘stuff’. Just like in the image above, ‘stuff’ gets in the way of clarity. These packages of ‘stuff’ impact on how we think, feel and react to life – it’s events, challenges, emotional charges. If the deposited packages are positive ones we are more prone to experiencing life and all it offers from a happy and centred state of being. However, if the deposited packages are hurtful, traumatic, ugly we are more prone to experiencing life and all it offers from a dark space.
The ‘stuff’ I am referring to is composed of a conglomerate of values and beliefs, we have adopted and adapted as our own. Some are inherited from family, some from social networks, some from the prevailing culture and peers. Underlined and perhaps consolidated by personal experiences as we grow and mature. Simplistic, I know, but I hope you get the drift. It’s a complex network of ‘stuff’.
The dilemma all this ‘stuff’ creates is that it tends to get in the way of clear, open, heart centred ways of being with oneself and others. Including uncluttered listening and hearing. Now we could spend a lifetime sitting on a mountain top somewhere clearing all the emotional garbage. Nothing wrong with that if that’s what you want to do.
Most however, prefer to immerse themselves in life with other people. We are social creatures after all. It is still possible, of course, to do all that inner work. It’s hard yakka but worth the time and effort. For those who prefer not to delve deeply into their inner psyches, there is a much simpler option:
Take just a few minutes of uninterrupted me-time. Find a space where you feel peaceful and happy. Sit with your spine straight, feet flat on the ground, hands loosely on your lap or by your side. Take three long, deep breaths – in through the nose, out through the mouth. With your eyes closed, ‘look’ down into your heart. This immediately takes your attention there. Next imagine that a golden cord connects you to the Heart of Unconditional Love, whatever that may be for you. Then imagine a strong, solid root emanating from your heart space, through the soles of your feet, connecting you to the core of the earth. You are now Heart Centred, Connected and Grounded.
Do this every morning with the intent that you will be heart centred in all you do. You might find you need to top up now and then. I certainly do! Practice makes it easier.
“If you set about doing something, put your heart into it and enjoy it, that way, regardless of the outcome, it will be a positive experience.” David Baird – A Thousand Paths to Tranquillity
© Raili Tanska