Here are some simple practices to connect with your own warrior's heart. First, bring breath into your heart. By breathing into the muscles of your heart you increase the oxygen levels in your blood which moves out the toxicity in your cell tissue faster. This practice also relieves the tightness and pressure so many of us carry in the chest and upper back which helps us be more at ease in our bodies. Your basic health and attitude will improve by breathing into your heart.
Start right now. Put your hands on your heart. Take at least ten deep breaths into your heart, chest, and/or your upper back. Use the warmth of your hands to defrost the shielding and scars around your heart. Next, breathe into your heart with a willingness to feel your world, if only for a few minutes a day, including those moments that are kind of scary and painful. Now focus on something of beauty to you, whether it's your child or pet or the vast blue sky. Deliberately breathe that beauty into your heart, learning to nourish your heart.
No one else can do this for you. In cultivating a warrior's heart, we learn to grow up and tend to our own needs. The next step is to ask your heart what is precious to you, what matters to you. Write it down, even if you feel foolish doing it. Do this practice every day so you build a repertoire of your heart's priorities. What a great way to start your morning -- breathe into your heart, ask what it needs, and then do something each day that nourishes your heart, even if for just a few minutes a day.
I ask the ones who want to live with a warrior's heart to live a life you can be proud of. How fun it is that you get to define what that means!
Inspired by Ana Forrest
It's easier to change when you don't feel restricted or forced into it but for those time when you do feel forced go to the temple of your heart and meditate. Mentally ask yourself how you can let go and know that what is happening maybe an opportunity for great change? An opportunity for growth a rebirth perhaps.
Sometimes our view is blocked by one of the five hindrances outlined in Buddhist tradition: desire, ill will, sloth, restlessness, and doubt.
For this meditation start in a simple seat and meditate on which hindrance maybe holding you back from embracing change.
The Yamas and Niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path. They’re like a map written to guide you on your life’s journey. Simply put, the Yamas are things not to do, or restraints, while the Niyamas are things to do, or observances. Together, they form a moral code of conduct.
The five Yamas, self-regulating behaviors involving our interactions with other people and the world at large, include