In our practice, we work with many clients who struggle with anxiety. They are locked in the prison of their own minds, consumed by "what ifs" -- "what if I fail, what if I'm embarrassed, what if things don't go the way I want them to?" Through mindfulness practices, we help people get more deeply connected with themselves and get comfortable with uncomfortable feelings so that they can let go of their fears and make room for excitement, curiosity, and possibility.
The best way to get out of your head is to drop into your heart. Instead of following your thoughts, tune in to your feelings. Access your love and your passion. We've encountered many people who have lost touch with their passions (or sometimes were never in touch with them in the first place) -- they have no clue about what lights them up, what gives them purpose, or what makes them feel excited to get out of bed in the morning. The answers are found in the heart.
So how do you access your heart, once you've lost your connection to it? You access your heart with intention, with stillness, and with your breath. Slow down, be still, and FEEL. Feel the sensations in your body. Feel the emotions beneath the surface. And breathe with intention. Visualize breathing in and out of your heart, gradually opening and re-sensitizing your heart chakra. Ask a question, breathe into your heart, and wait for the answer.
This may sound overly simple, but intention is a powerful force. When you make the choice to open your heart, and you place your attention and intention there, over time you will experience an opening. What you focus on grows. When you focus on your anxieties, fears, and racing thoughts, this determines the path your life takes. When you focus on your heart, your passions, your feelings, and your dreams, your life follows a very different course.
Follow your heart. It knows where life's magic lies.