This is fine except that it’s been at the exclusion of using our other more expansive faculties, such as intuition, gut feeling, or our holistic “sense” of a situation.
It’s much more wholesome and effective to use both.
But we’re not generally trained or even encouraged to access those more intuitive parts of ourselves. The part of our being that just knows. The part that sees the whole picture all at once.
When your awareness is centered in your heart area, you have much better access to that all-knowing part of yourself. You enter an open state of consciousness and your awareness expands.
The good news is that it’s actually quite simple to “drop down” from your head to your heart center. And here’s an easy way to do that.
3 Steps to Expanded Awareness
You can read and do it yourself, but I recommend this 3 minute audio that guides you through it.
It helps in the beginning to do this with your eyes closed:
- Take a deep breath and as you do so, place your attention where your thoughts are (usually in the center of your head).
- Begin to exhale slowly and as you do so, drop your shoulders as you fully relax.
- Now as you finish exhaling, immediately drop one more level by moving your attention from your head down to your heart area.
Do you feel the difference? Feel how still and quiet it is? Then you’re “there”.
Gently hold your attention there awhile. There’s no need to try to get a sense of anything. In fact, it’s best to simply notice the stillness.
If you can’t tell a difference from your normal state of awareness, then repeat the steps again very slowly. Pay close attention to the subtle goings on “inside”.
Notice that even though you took certain steps, when you’re accessing this state, you’re not actually doing anything.
It’s that simple state of being that we’re after.
The more you do this, the more you’ll notice that your awareness is indeed expanded. It may feel at the time like nothing at all is happening, but believe me: This is where the *magic* lives!
Thanks for reading!
Until next time,
Did you notice a difference or experience the silence? Can you put into words what it felt like to you?
Today’s post is a slight variation of the Day 6 exercise I created for the OM Times 30-Day Conscious Living Challenge:
The challenge participants have been pure delight (I look forward every day to checking in) , and are contributing immensely to the challenge discussions with their great comments and feedback.
“There was stillness, peace and no thought; just a watchful awareness, though I was still aware observing.”
“I was in both places, but the feeling of being in the heart & being aware of the thoughts being processed elsewhere gave me a feeling of respite. A sigh of relief! It felt like I was leaving the city of ‘thoughts’ & moving away to the sub-suburbs or country side of the ‘heart center’.”
It’s not too late to join us! Come visit my ABC challenge forum — we’re having fun!
[So far we've done A for Awareness, B for Believe (Not!), C for Creativity, D for Drop Down, E for Eagle Eyes, F for Focus, G for Gaia, and H for Holistic. Today we do I for Intuition ... and you'll have to join us to discover the rest!]