The Soulful Life, Issue 4: “Peace is in Your Heart”

The Soulful Life, Issue 4: “Peace is in Your Heart”

“Find peace in your heart and you will create peace in your life.” –Sue Krebs

Susan CastleThe Essence of Peace Is Within Your Heart

by Susan M. Castle

“We all sit in a circle and suppose
while the secret sits in the center and Knows”
–Robert Frost

The Heart is an infinite source of Intelligence. Many people think that the mind is the most powerful source within us. We’ve been led to believe that the mind is responsible for most of our knowledge and wisdom. When in fact, your Heart is much more powerful than your brain, 5,000 times more powerful. The electromagnetic energy of the Heart has been described as a creative, connective energy that seems to hold everything together. The life force that flows through the Heart is the strongest connecting energy in the entire Universe. This life force energy, strong and constant, functions to allow the Heart to pump nutrients to the body and Spiritual energy to nourish the Soul.

There is a magnificent Wisdom within each one of us, an infinite intelligence, that knows just what to do, when to do it and even how to do it. This infinite intelligence takes care of us, guides us and flows through our entire being. You have, deep within you, a place where your inner Wisdom flows in abundance. A Wisdom so true that it will never fail you. A Wisdom that knows how to return your body to its natural state of balance and inner peace in any given moment. This Wisdom is found within your Heart.

In this very moment Wisdom is flowing through you as you read these words. Creative ideas and feelings are moving through you that will bring a richness to your life and a warmth to your Heart… a peacefulness to your soul. It’s all in Divine Order.

So many people ask me “Susan, how can I feel my peaceful Heart, hear it’s Wisdom and learn to trust it?” The answer is by quieting our busy minds. Inner Wisdom is best heard in the stillness of the moment, in the space between our thoughts, when the mind begins to let go and surrenders to the peacefulness within our Hearts.

I invite you to experience the following exercise designed to guide you on an inner journey to the peaceful place within your Heart. You can use this exercise anywhere, anytime to re-connect to your inner place of Wisdom and Peace… Your Heart’s Essence.

The Essence of Inner Peace

1. Find a Comfortable Spot

Begin by finding a comfortable place where you can relax easily with no interruptions… you may want to put on your favorite calming music or climb into your favorite chair…

2. Breathe Deeply

Take a few deep breaths in, full and expansive and as you exhale let go of any tension or stress in your body and allow your mind, your thoughts, to begin to settle into a quiet stillness…

3. Gently Close Your Eyes…

4. Physically Connect with Your Heart

Place your right hand over your Heart and imagine bringing your awareness into your Heart

Hint: Connecting to your Heart means shifting your focus from your head to your Heart. Imagine you are gently moving down into the center of your chest with your energy and your focus.

5. Feel Your Heart Space

Sense the ease and peacefulness within your Heart, expansive and soft…

Gently say to yourself “I am peaceful… I am calm…”

6. Visualize the Color Pink

The color pink resonates a calm and peaceful vibration

Pink also corresponds to the Heart Center and unconditional love

7. Ask Your Heart

“What does my Heart want most for me?”

“What does my Heart long for?

Hint: Allow your Heart to communicate in whatever way is right for you.

You may hear a word or a certain message, see a picture or an image, or you may sense a feeling. Trust whatever form of communication you receive.

8. Return To The Breath

Allowing yourself to dwell here in your peaceful Heart for a few moments…

Knowing that you can return to your peaceful place whenever you wish

This secret that sits in the center of your Heart is your most powerful resource within… it is your Essence

Gently bring yourself back into the present moment by feeling your hands and your feet… returning to your present environment feeling refreshed

You may want to take a few moments to journal your experience. This is a wonderful way to honor your experience, and begin to trust your inner Wisdom… Your Heart’s Essence.

So often we look to the outside world to provide us with a sense of inner balance and peace. We can never find inner peace from any source outside of us. If we seek inner peace from an outside source we will never be fully satisfied. There is always a missing piece; a deeper longing that just doesn’t get fulfilled. I believe there is no substitution for the inner Peace we come to Know when we find it within ourselves. It is a true coming Home.

Journey into your Heart

Gift yourself with the experience of coming Home to the place of Peace deep within you. Journey into your Heart and come to Know your wisest friend, your greatest teacher, your deepest experience of inner Peace… Your Essence. You’ll fall in love with You.

I wish to share a story with you that was told to me by a dear friend and spiritual cardiologist. It is a story that has had a powerful effect on me and how I live my life. These words of wisdom touched a cord deep within me, reminding me of the power of the Human Heart and its loving nature. Practicing some form of self-love and nurturance every day has given me the deep inner peace I have searched for most of my life. I’ve come home.

From the book Creating Your Heart’s Vision, Dr. Bruno Cortis eloquently states:

The human Heart is surrounded by the coronary arteries. The word coronary means “crown”. Therefore, the Heart is surrounded by a crown.

The function of the coronary arteries is to pump biochemical nutrition – blood, to the body. During gestation, the Human Heart is the first to register any signs of life. Something very unique happens during this early stage…

The Human Heart begins to register a pulse… it begins to beat. The very first beat of the Human Heart is quite significant. As the Heart pulsates its first beat, the blood that is pumped out of the Heart returns to the heart via the coronary artery. It does not go to the rest of the body for nourishment… it returns to itself first.

So you see, it is the very Nature of the human Heart to nourish itself first.

Take time today to nourish yourself, to take care of You. It is a gift of love given to yourself first and foremost, and it is a gift then shared with others who come into your presence. Taking time for You is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

© Susan M. Castle. Relax-Online.com All Rights Reserved.

Finding Inner Peace in the Silence of Your Heart

by Rob Ragozzine

Help can come from activities that allow you to step out of the static, busyness and hyper activity that are often thrust upon us in daily life. Simple breathing techniques can be very effective. Or, you can use specific meditative techniques that speak to you.

Sitting in a comfortable chair in silence works for me. I light a candle and may focus lightly on it. Occasionally, I will play music, but most of the time I simply sit quietly and allow myself to be in the moment. Some days I can sit for a long time, while others I only sit for a short span. But, I always feel better after sitting in silence, no matter the duration.

We all struggle with periods of upset, unease or chaos. But, finding inner peace is not impossible. You may find stillness and peace for just moments at first, but this space can gradually grow with time, patience, dedication, and practice.

Meditating, or simply finding time for silence, can facilitate calmness, slowing down and connecting inward. As you connect inward you can begin to pay closer attention to the guidance of your heart. Dismissing its guidance often leads to greater instability, disquiet and unease.

You can create inner chaos when you force yourself to live in a restricted way, rather than allowing yourself to be expansive and open to greater possibilities. This starts with your heart. How can you begin incorporating your heart’s direction in your life? How can you welcome its compassion?

Spending time in silence and truly listening to the guidance of your heart can add depth and meaning to your life. You can begin by just sitting in silence. It doesn’t have to be complex and the process can help you to connect with the mystery within your life. Just be curious.

Many of us today find it difficult, if not impossible, to find even a moment of stillness. This keeps us struggling with ourselves, and disconnected in our relationships.

Inner peace is found when you can connect inward, forgive yourself, become curious, and begin to look at the burdens — often unnecessary ones — that you needlessly take on. What do you really want? As you recognize your self-made obstacles to freedom and peace, you can begin to release them from your life. You can begin to forgive yourself and let go of those situations which keep you disconnected and separate from your heart.

One step to take today is to record the yearnings of your heart and begin to find a way to bring those things into your life. Some of the actions will be simple. Other actions will be less so, but they are still vital for you to pursue. Some steps may seem so big that you feel foolish or silly even to imagine undertaking them, but have faith in yourself and your abilities. You can get there. You may have to practice forgiveness and compassion first. You may need to let go of the inner battle. Decide that it’s time to stop fighting yourself, believe that you have purpose, and believe that your voice matters.

Your heart has a message. Are you willing to find the time to listen? If a goal seems insurmountable you can bring an object that symbolizes it into your life. For instance, you might bring in poetry about parenting, if you are single and have a desire to be a parent. Or, you might bring in a book about the life of someone who has taken the steps you wish to take in your life.

Most importantly, have patience, compassion, and belief in your heart and its guidance. Take each day one moment at a time. Allow time for stillness. Honor and listen to your inner wisdom. Make peace with yourself and where you are now. Believe that life is mysterious, magic, expanding, and rich. From this place, your heart can help you open to new possibilities. Life can then become less restrictive and stress focused and more expansive, calm, rewarding, and blissful.

Copyright 2013 Rob Ragozzine. All Rights Reserved.

It is with sadness in our heart that we share the news of the recent passing of Rob Ragozzine. Rob was a renowned numerologist, intuition and dream expert, and was only 50 years old when he left this earth. He was a very kind, gentle and loving soul and had a deep passion for the work he was called to do in this world. He contributed his wisdom in a monthly column to SoulfulLiving.com for many years, since nearly the very beginning of our website, called “What’s Your Number?” He is deeply missed. Godspeed and blessings, Rob. Thank you for sharing your love and Light at SoulfulLiving.com ♥

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