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Love asks us to open to grief
by Kara-Leah Grant
It’s all good and well to do these wonderful heart-opening or heart-balancing yoga practices, but without a proper understanding of all aspects of the heart chakra, we can easily hit a wall of resistance that stops our practice cold.
The heart chakra is about our ability to love – which requires that we open to the possibility of grief, sorrow and disappointment as well as the wonderful sensations of love, joy, fulfilment and compassion.
Working with this kriya meant I was likely to experience all of those emotions – not just the great ones!
Case in point.
It was Day 19 of my Forty Days of the Heart-Opening Kriya. I sat down to practice, and my mind kicked in immediately.
This is stupid. I don’t want to do this. What’s the point? This is a waste of time.
Wow? Really? I saw these thoughts and I almost listened to them. But, being on a forty day committed practice and all, I didn’t. Instead I ploughed on through my practice for the day, and afterward wondered why on earth my mind was churning such negativity about a practice that was, in general, making me feel great.
The next day, I found out.
Unexplained grief arrived, set up camp, and made it’s presence known. I felt heavy, sad, depressed, and just plain awful.
Oh… so this was why I’d had such serious mat resistance the day before – I was about to break through to some old feelings sitting there in my heart.
And this is why a forty day practice is so valuable. If I’d just been doing a regular daily practice, it’s likely that those thoughts about the heart-opening kriya would have been …read more