The heart is often likened to an empress who is sitting comfortably and at-ease on a throne in the heart of hearts of the palace, in the innermost chamber of a great big palace. From this safe and well-protected place within, the heart empress is allowed, expected, and supported to just be.
In her "just being", the heart empress can observe everything that is happening all around. From this place deep within, she can dispense her wisdom with ease while observing the goings-on of all of life. Truly consider this for a moment, that our hearts can be safe and at ease, and from this place of safety and ease we can witness and experience all of life. This feels right to me, how about you?
Interestingly, the ancient Chinese scholars traced the season of summer transitioning into a season called "late summer", characterized by the harvest, and the quality of abundance. I find it so fascinating and worthy of meditation that what follows the summer element with its characteristic "just being" heart is abundance.
Isn't this so contrary to western mentality of "do, do, do = abundance"? Weren't you taught that doing more equals having more? Well, it appears that Chinese medicine offers us another view. It suggests that allowing your heart, your true self, to simply be brings about abundance. "Just being", in and of itself, elicits a full and nourishing abundance. Again, how does this work? By simply being you.
Here are some ways to keep this inquiry going:
-- Draw, journal about, or simply contemplate: what is your favorite "just being" not-really-doing summer activity?
-- I invite you to enjoy this iRest® Yoga Nidra FREE MEDITATION that explores abundance as an aspect of being. It is 44 minutes long. (The practice begins right away, so set up first in a comfortable seat or lying down, and click play to enjoy!).
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
what does "just being" feel like to you?