How many times have you said that in your life? A bunch, I bet. After all, it’s an extremely common phrase. But do you ever stop and wonder what exactly it really means?
One of my favorite yoga instructors was focusing on ‘heart openers’ in class the other day. For those of you who don’t have a clue to what that means, heart openers look like shoulder stretches and backbends. You see, we spend so much of our day in postures that protect our heart – hunched over a desk, our chests sinking in. Yoga undoes this with extension exercises – exercises that stretch the front of your body, and allow your heart to move forward, opening it up to endless possibilities.
Deep, I know, right?
But what exactly does living whole-heartedly mean? On that day, Suzanne talked about the three C’s of living with your whole heart: Connection, courage, and compassion. That really resonated with me.
Connection. To others, and to a higher purpose. That is truly food for the soul, isn’t it?
Compassion. The ability to see the world through another’s eyes. Well, that’ll give you perspective, won’t it?
And Courage. That’s really personal. Courage to take a scary next step, be honest with yourself, or to confront a difficult situation. That can make your heart beat faster, can’t it?
I took the message from that day to heart – literally. I find myself seeking out more connection with others, having more compassion, and digging deep for the courage to do the difficult work that results in a much more fulfilled life.
Why don’t you marinate on that for a while, and see if living whole-heartedly doesn’t bring you just a little more peace and joy, like it has for me.
Namaste. And hey Suzanne, thanks!