So how do we cultivate the magnetism of the heart within ourselves?
No matter what transformation you seek, the first step is always to identify where you are. Use whatever tools you already have to explore the heart center (chakra) in the center of the chest. Use meditation, writing, music or art to discover where you are right now. Are you feeling too vulnerable? Too shutdown? Too susceptible to people, events or energy around you? Something else?
Once you know where you are, you will know where you need to begin to develop a more vibrant and magnetic heart. You can get a long way on this journey using the tools you already have so have at it.
In the retreats I lead for clients, we work with both the veil of safety and magnetism in a way tailored to the individual participants. Generally this involves working with breath, movement, sound, visualization, and mindfulness. I also weave into the meditation practices writing, art, and music.
In addition to working directly with the heart energy, We also work on developing qualities that enliven and strengthen the heart such as compassion, gratitude, generosity and forgiveness, just to name a few.
One of my favorite practices for developing qualities is attuning to a role model who fully embodies the quality you want to develop. That role model can be a person, an historical figure, a fictional character, a mythological figure, an archetype, an animal, a tree or a flower. It really doesn’t matter as long as whatever you choose is the embodiment of the quality. Once you’ve identified a role model, use that being as a guide, find the places within yourself where you resonate with this being, and begin to notice the quality blooming within your own being.
The third way of developing magnetism is through action. Now I am a poster child for introversion. I spend a inordinate amount of time alone because that is where I get renewed. That said I have found that one of the best ways of developing magnetism is to take action. Certainly over the past year, political action has been front and center. While at times that has felt discouraging and draining, it has also felt empowering. Certainly much better being out there doing something rather than sitting at home passively watching the news.
More central to my real sense of calling is the work I’ve done over the past 30 years as a therapist, coach and hospice worker. That work feeds the heart through helping others. Likewise my past volunteer work building houses for Habitat for Humanity has been a huge heart activator.
When taking action the key is to keep it well balanced with spiritual practice, friends and family, and let us not forget fun. Exactly where that balance point is will be different for each of us and may take some experimenting but I really encourage you to listen to your heart and take action based on that as you work with this whole concept of magnetism.
1. Know your starting point.
2. Meditation practices.
3. Developing qualities.
4. Taking action.
5. Rinse and repeat.
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