I visited an Ayurvedic practitioner a couple of weeks ago, and one of the many lifestyle, dietary, and yoga prescriptions I got was this exercise:

The exercise is meant to help you (and me) listen to your heart. Most people cannot live their ideal imagined lives. As a result, there’s a disconnect between the heart and the mind. This exercise can help at least pacify the heart by listening to it. It can also help make decisions, big and small. It goes like this:

  1. Sit comfortably, with your back straight, in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted for the next 10-15 minutes.
  2. Rub your palms together to generate some heat and establish an energetic connection.
  3. Place your palms on top of each other, on your heart (right palm down, left palm on top).
  4. Close your eyes, sit and listen.
  5. Ask: “What does my heart desire right now?” “What have I been denying myself?”
  6. Sit and listen.

Something may come up, or nothing may come up this time. You may want to keep a pen and paper close, in case more stuff comes up than you can process without writing it down. If you’re doing this in a circle of friends, you may/or may not choose to share.

hands on heart sculpture

sculpture by Ducvy Maipel

If this exercise is from a book and I don’t know the source but you do, please let me know, so I can cite it appropriately.

Have a happy heart,