“Let your soul expand, let your heart reach out to others in loving and generous warmth, and great and lasting will be your joy.”
Happy September! I’m very excited about this month’s Daily Soul Retreat theme — “Inner Peace.”
Autumn is the perfect time to reflect on what is most important in life — peace and harmony for ourselves, our loved ones, and the world. It is an opportunity to look inward and make peace with ourselves… To learn to love and accept ourselves… To heal and nurture ourselves. Once we have cultivated our own inner peace, we can then share our healing love and peace with those most dear, and offer our very best selves to the world.
Today, I’m very pleased to offer you a guest article by author Susan Castle. Her beautiful article, “The Essence of Peace is Within Your Heart,” will help you learn to cultivate a place of peace within yourself by connecting with your peaceful heart.
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…
Copyright Susan Castle. All Rights Reserved.
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Wishing you a very peaceful day!!
Valerie Rickel, Founder