To listen is to lean in softly
With a willingness to be changed
By what we hear
When we contemplate the seasons, we see an ancient pattern underlying the natural world. Just when the dark seems like it is taking over, the wheel turns and the light begins its slow ascent. I see faith like this. It is a trust (not based in the intellect) that there is an intelligence that is greater than the limited self that flows through all things. I read something beautiful …it says “Faith is like the fragrance of the heart’s knowing.” (Roger Housden). And the heart’s greatest knowing is the law of connection. The heart knows without need of proof that there is an invisible fabric woven through the entirety of the universe…that the universe is not random and that things are placed “in a special way”. We often discover or renew our faith in those darkest “nights of the soul” when most of our accustomed light sources drop away and we are challenged to the very root of our beings to persevere. It is in those moments that we throw up our hands and let go of what we think we know that the unseen rises to meet us, that a subtler and more powerful order reveals itself and guides us back to the light, a renewed and strengthened level of understanding and awareness.
Practice at home
Meditation to Listen Without Fear
This meditation works on the heart center and the head, and the interlock of fear that blocks your ability to actually listen to another person. It stimulates the stem of the brain and the old emotions to release. You can then combine your reality with the actions of the medulla and hypothalamus circuits to express yourself truly and listen to another person clearly.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose.
Mudra: Place your left palm flat against your chest, with the left fingers pointing toward the right, and the thumb flat against the chest and pointing up towards the chin. Place the right hand palm flat against the back of the left hand, fingers pointing towards the left, and the right thumb pointing up towards the chin.
Eyes: Look at the tip of the nose.
Mantra: Play Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo by Nirinjan Kaur. Chant with the recording. Continue for 11 – 31 minutes.
To End: Inhale very deeply and hold while pressing your hands hard against the heart chakra. Hold up to 20 seconds. Exhale. Repeat a second time, this time pressing hands against the heart and squeeze the spine. Hold up to 20 seconds. Exhale. Inhale deeply, exhale deeply, inhale deeply exhale deeply. Then inhale, press the hands hard, and squeeze the spine from the bottom to the top. Hold up to 40 seconds according to your capacity. Exhale and relax.
Posture: Sit in Easy pose
Mudra: Arms arc up with the hands about 9 inches above the Crown Center. The fingers are interlaced and the thumb tips touch and point backwards.
Breath: Heavy Breath of Fire
Time: 1 minute
To End: Inhale deeply and stretch the body for 15 seconds and relax.