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Hearth-breathing meditation

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Connection
Harmony
Mindfulness
Compassion
Peacefulness

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Hearth-breathing meditation

  • 15 minutes
  • Easy

Ingredients

Directions

The following activity has been taken from Scilla Elworthy’s book Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World that Works. The book explores how humans can make the necessary leap in consciousness to address the global crises modern society faces and create a better world for all life.

This exercise will help you fill your heart with compassion and peacefulness. Elder Scilla Elworthy suggests that “the heart needs to be the new focus of consciousness, rather than the mind, because it is the first and most important organ in the body.”

To find out more about Scilla’s work, please visit her website: http://www.scillaelworthy.com.

Steps

1
Done
3'

Setting up

Sit in a comfortable position, keeping your back straight yet relaxed. Relax your shoulders, increasing the space between your shoulders and your neck. Keep a gentle smile on your face and close your eyes. Become aware of the space around you: What sounds can you hear? What smells reach your nostrils? What other bodily sensations can you feel?

2
Done
5'

Hearth-breathing

Gently shift your awareness to the centre of your chest, in the heart area. Breathe deeply in and out through the heart. If it helps, you can place your hand on the heart to emphasise this.

3
Done
5'

Activating a positive feeling

Now activate a positive feeling of some kind: gratitude for what you have, love for people you hold close to you, compassion, peace... Radiate this feeling from the heart - first throughout your own body field and then out into the wider field of the world.

4
Done
2'

Coming back

Stay with the previous step as long as you wish. When you feel grounded and peaceful, bring your awareness back to the here and the now. Whenever you are ready, open your eyes.

Greta Rossi

Chief Empathy Officer at Akasha Innovation. Co-founder of ImpactAimers and Recipes for Wellbeing. Regional Coordinator for Ashoka's ChangemakerXchange. Youth coach and FRSA.

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