While in class my yoga teacher would always remind us, “don’t think too much.” This resonated with me because I usually was thinking way too much, and not in my body being present in the class. As human beings we tend to overthink everything. I can try to think my way through any problem, and when I do, I usually get myself tied into more knots than when I started. We have so many benefits of being an evolved species. We have amazingly capable brains that we use every day taking us through life. As humans, we must use our brains, but we often times forget that we must also use our hearts. We are taught to think our way through problems and situations, which may get you halfway there, but the truth of the matter is, we know the solution to life’s questions in our hearts. There have been so many times when I am dealing with situations big and small, if I take a step back, get out of my head, and into my heart, I immediately know the answer. I know it can seem challenging to bypass the head and get into the heart, because we are not really taught to do this. So this week, I want to share with you my process for moving things from the head and into the heart. I hope you find it helpful!
Meditation: As a daily practice, and in situational circumstances, meditation always gets me out of my head and into my heart. Even if my thoughts are running wild in meditation, I still come out of each sitting feeling more centered and assured. If you are having an issue that you can’t seem to think your way out of, hit the meditation pillow and see what comes up for you.
Journaling: After meditation, if the thoughts seem to persist, journaling is a wonderful tool to purge the thoughts even more. I find it very cathartic, even if I know exactly what I want to write, to get the thoughts out and onto paper. Don’t try to edit or judge what comes out, just let the words flow on to paper. Especially when you are in a very connected state after a meditation, you are channeling source energy deep inside you that can help you connect with how you really feel.
Notice How You Feel in Your Body: When we are too much in our heads we are not aware of the signs that our bodies are giving us. Start to pay attention to what your body tells you; how it’s feeling. If you are excited, do you get butterflies in your stomach? If you are scared, do you start to sweat? Get accustomed to the reactions your body gives you; it is a perfect navigation system on your path in life.
Spend Time in Nature: When all else fails, disconnect from technology and get into nature. I have found that spending so much time on computers and phones, (and let’s face it we all do) tends to take me out of my heart and gets me in my head. When you are feeling really confused and don’t know what the solution is, detach and go outside. It always works wonders for me!
Getting back into your heart is a practice, and no one is perfect! Simply remember everyday to trust your inner guidance and have faith that your heart will guide you each moment on your path. I would love to hear how you follow your heart!
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org