Feel and see (in your mind’s eye) the light expanding this area if your chest, allowing love to come in and flow out. With every breath in repeat the words, “I receive love easily and effortlessly”. With every breath out, repeat the words, “I give and share love easily & effortlessly “. Sit with this exercise for a few moments allowing the words and feelings to wash over you.
2.) Give something today…..even if it is just a smile. Find ways to give from the heart, as you give selflessly and without expectation, you bring joy into your experience. Giving and receiving are powerful and yet we tend to forget that. Look a stranger in the eye and smile at them. You may notice that they look away or seem put-off by this. We are always in such a hurry that taking the time to slow down and be aware of things and people around us seems like a foreign concept. Give a smile, hug, letter, flower, or anything else that you feel moved to do and your heart will begin to expand.
3.) Say I love you…..to yourself. How often do we say the words to ourselves? Probably for some, the answer may be never. It wasn’t until this year that I actually was able to look in the mirror and be grateful for who I saw looking back. If you are not in a place to do this just yet…..start small and say the words in your mind to see how they feel in your body. Notice any discomfort that arises, just an indicator that there is some work to do. Continue to practice this until you can move to the mirror.
4.) Allow someone else to talk about themselves without you sharing your story, or how the conversation relates back to you. We can be so eager to connect with others that it overshadows someone else’s need of just being heard. Be there and just listen. It is a skill for some that need to be developed. Practice with your kids, family members, employees or coworkers. Even the mailman or a stranger in the grocery store will do….and you will be amazed at the feedback you receive. Many times when I practice this I am told how much the other individual enjoyed the conversation with me.
5.) Practice sending everyone love from your heart and mind. As you walk, drive, sit, etc. just imagine that you are sending waves of love to people you see. They do not need to know and they will receive the benefits anyway. I do this often when stuck in traffic instead of complaining about it, I look around and imagine waves of love surrounding that individual and their loved ones. You never know, you may be on the receiving end of that exercise one day.