Could today be the day that you allowed your heart to open?! When beginning an emotional healing journey, it starts with opening the locks placed on your heart-space. Could there be a way to melt the tightness in your muscles, expand your breath, while increasing the capacity you have to feel deeply from your heart?

An open heart can light up the darkest of places, increase vitality, emotional balance and the ability to meet life with flow and trust. When our hearts are open, we are in touch with our dreams and desires. 

That heart-space allows us to be better communicators, to offer more compassion to our friends and lovers.

When our hearts become blocked from energy patterns or old stories…we get stuck in our heads. Whether or not the idea of “blocked energy” resonates with you, I’m sure you’ve felt the negative effects of having a nagging worry or thought coming to haunt you throughout your day. These thoughts are like energetic-roadblocks, and they can deplete you. A heart full of unfinished business and old worries is something that will generate anxiety when we hold onto the past.

The question is how can we tap into, open, and begin to heal our heart space releasing these paradigms? Well, here are five ways that anyone can begin to open and heal their heart to nurture the health of the body and the mind.

1. Consciously breathe into your heart space.

Spend some time each day consciously breathing. As you feel each inhale and exhale, don’t just “focus on the breath,” as we are often taught to do. Make sure to direct attention to your heart center itself, as if all your energy were resting within your heart. Then listen. Through being mindful of my heart space, I began to recognize old energy patterns, create space for new ones and then, rewire thoughts and behaviors.

2. Practice epic amounts of compassion.

As you practice breathing into your heart-space and begin to deal with and dissolve old energies, you’ll uncover a deep level of compassion. And I’m not just talking about feeling for those around you, but also for yourself. Many of us don’t realize it, but compassion is really about acceptance, and about making space for our assumptions and judgments to just be, rather than to take hold of our emotions and ways of thinking. When we make a habit of practicing compassion, of truly seeing ourselves and others, we are better able to see the stories our minds come up with, and understand how they are based on old wounds. From there, we can allow ourselves to exist in a different and more open-hearted space.

3. Remember that gratitude isn’t corny.

As your journey unfolds…you’ll find yourself feeling far more present and committed to letting go of those old wounds. When you make that space it’s easy for the attitude of gratitude to fill it. I invite you to begin experiencing gratitude in a deeper way. Gratitude has a powerful way of shifting our energy and bringing warmth into our heart space. Sometimes, suggesting that we tap into what we’re grateful for can seem cheesy or like a chore. But, if we make this a conscious effort to simply pay attention to our lives in a certain way —focus on seeing the dazzle, rather than the fizzle — we will experience more happiness and more opportunities to openly practice our gratitude!

4. Get far outside of yourself.

Let’s face it: there are just sometimes when we cannot muster up feelings of gratitude. When we find ourselves in this kind of space, there are somethings we can do: GIVE. Whether it is a meal, your time, or just a smile, give something of yourself to another. Giving has a way of connecting us to our heart center and to the hearts of others as well.

5. Let your silly out!

Remember that child that you used to be?! Let that child back out! Make time for play! Blast your favorite music and let yourself dance around the room. Serenade yourself in the shower. Walk barefoot in the rain. Laugh. Now, this doesn’t mean that life is always a dream or that you’ll always remember to smile…it simply means your inner child is alive, well, and a part of your daily begin. Don’t sweat the small stuff…those are the moments to be playful. Living from an open-heart space creates more energy, vitality and inspiration in our lives, so we can feel our innate ability as humans to feel part of the collective…to be a part of it all.

An open-heart space allows for us to be authentically who we are and it also allows us to experience the joy of deep connection, love, fun and peace.

If you’re looking for a guide to support you in creating a life that you truly love, I, Donna Broadwell, CHt., CMT am here to serve. I am proud to be a Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Life Coach, Reiki Master, Teacher, and Imagery Master. I get to live my dream of abundance and specializes in serving others to experience the same! If you would love to grow and expand into new ways of living your best life feel invited to connect with me for a complimentary strategy call