A key aspect of heartfulness is to be open even to things that aren't pleasant. When we are open to unpleasant or challenging or uncomfortable situations, our hearts are also open to the good stuff!
It's not easy for most of us to accept discomfort, especially when what's happening feels like a big deal, so we start with small things. Today, following my last blog post about being aware of our senses, let's be aware of sensory experiences in a non-judging way.
Notice how you feel right now, what you sense in your body. Try noticing each experience with curiosity rather than judging. For instance, if you feel a sensation in your body, can you go beyond the immediate judgments that may come up, inner labels such as 'bad' or 'pain' or 'soreness.' What do you actually feel? Is it warm or cool? Pressure? Or emptiness? Movement? Numbness? Under the experience of 'pain,' what are the actual sensations?
Each time you notice a sensation today, see if you can go deeper than initial judgment and get to know it with curiosity.
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.