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One last note or two before we get to the practices: 1) Having an open mind and an open heart is more a clearing than a new way of being. 2) We get clogged up by life and returning to open is more our natural state.
These open states are available to all of us. They are accessed more easily in the quiet moments of contemplation and awareness, in the giving and receiving of love without conditions and in the flow of personal expression and purpose.
Now let’s start with the heart
These four heart openings will allow you to move back to what your heart desires - to freely love:
1. Release the past – We need to forgive the past, let go of any old unfinished business and move on. The past is over and it needs to be completely released. Forgiveness of self and others greatly help. Today is what matters. Let everything else go. A heart can love endlessly in the here and now.
2. Express emotions – Emotions too often get stuffed because they can seem overwhelming. If we simply acknowledge how we are feeling, those feelings soon change into other feelings. Emotions can be expressed in healthy ways that keep the heart open and giving. Two exampled of healthy emotional expression include talking and journaling.
3. Move from judging to acceptance – The judging mind congests the heart. We are trained to judge everything as “good or bad.” We can drop the judging and move towards accepting what is, accepting differences, and appreciating uniqueness of all beings. This returns our heart to being open to...