Sourcing Your Heart's Gift

Module 1

Uncover or Rediscover the Mystery of Your Heart: Walking your Dharma

Life gives to the giver and takes from the taker.
— Joe Polish

Gayatri Mantra

Everything on the earth, in the sky, and in between,

is arising from one effulgent source.

If my thoughts, words, and deeds reflected a complete understanding of this unity,

I would be the peace I am seeking in this moment. 

oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ


bhargo devasyadhīmahi

dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt

– Rigveda 3.62.10[11]


Welcome to Sourcing Your Heart's Gift!

The purpose of this course is to help you to dive deep into your heart to remember or discover your heart's purpose and learn how to courageously share that gift with the world. 

The information in each module will build on the previous one. You'll receive access to a new module each week. Please feel free to go at your own pace. 

In this module:

  • Instructions for how this course works
  • Daily Optimization Practice
  • This week's Yoga Nidra recording to stream or download
  • Instruction for this weeks theme
  • A yoga video
  • A weekly journaling exercise
  • A call to action
  • Supportive materials

Instructions for how this course will work

The heart of this course is the Yoga Nidra practices which are designed to do the deep work of exploring your divine heart to discover/remember what your heart's gift is for the world and how to share it. All the other materials in the course are great resources that help prepare or further the work we do with our Yoga Nidra. If time is scarce, try to do the Yoga Nidra practices as often as possible. If possible, I highly recommend following this weekly protocol:

  • Perform the Daily Optimization Practice every day, first thing.
  • Listen to the Yoga Nidra practices as often as possible, ideally 3-7 times a week.
  • Listen or watch the teaching on the weeks theme at least once.
  • Do the journaling exercise at least once. 
  • Perform the Call To Action weekly
  • Yoga Video as often as you wish, ideally right before doing the Yoga Nidra practice
  • Supportive Materials are totally optional but give a richer depth to the teaching. 

There's a lot of information to this course. This is a rich 6 weeks of doing the work to evolve to your next level of consciousness, one that will make a big difference to you and to the world.  If possible, carve out time every week to do the course materials. Don't feel bad if you don't get to all the material every week. That's the advantage of having it all on line and having lifetime access to the material. You can go at your pace and review the material as often as you wish.

You'll receive an email every Monday to remind you that the course materials are up for the next module. You may access the materials either through that email, or go directly to and events/SYHG Main2. 

If you'd like to understand the philosophical instruction part of the module before you do the weekly recorded Yoga Nidra practice, then listen to the teaching for this week's theme  first. I hope it's interesting and informative however, it's important to keep in mind that that this course is not meant to be an intellectual exercise. We are using a deeper wisdom, the divine wisdom of our heart, to do this work. Whether before or after you do the Yoga Nidra practice, at some time during the week read through or listen to the instruction about the theme for the week. 

Daily Optimization Practice

This sadhana, or specialized daily practice, will prime you to greet your day as your highest, most evolved self. By doing it daily, you make small, incremental steps which will have an enormous outcome for the development of your heart. 

Do this practice every day. It's designed to take about 15 minutes to accomplish. 

The Daily Optimization Practice consists of waking up and doing the following first thing:

  1. Basic constitution (get a drink, bathroom, coffee if you need it).
  2. Three rounds of breathing (Kapalabhati) and gratitude practice,
  3. Have a peak experience.
  4. Daily Meditation (below and on the main page).
  5. Repeat the positive statement of truth from the Daily Meditation or (create your own). 

Weekly Yoga Nidra Practice


Teaching for this week's theme

Uncover or Rediscover the Mystery of Your Heart: Walking your Dharma

Yoga Video


Weekly Journaling Exercise

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This journaling exercise is designed to help you to hear and encourage the voice of your heart. It's modeled after Nan Seymour's inimitable writing practice called River Writing. The invitation is to find a notebook of paper, nothing special, and a free-flowing pen. Set a timer for 11 minutes, and write non-stop with a prompt as inspiration. Write whatever comes to mind. It could be an idea about the prompt, a word or symbol about the prompt that spoke you to. It doesn't matter. Simply keep your pen moving. You're not writing to be published. You're not writing to be famous. There are no edits. Don't worry about spelling. Just write. If you get stuck, here are two good suggestions to help keep your pen moving. The first is to write, "What I really want to say is . . . " and see if that kickstarts your pen again. Another idea is simply writing, "I don't know what to write, I don't know what to write . . ." and after a few times, usually you'll begin again writing with a flow. 

This writing is just for you. You do not need to share it. However, if you do choose to share your writing with someone, give them the instructions that they are neither to critique nor encourage your writing. Only a simple, "Thank you" is required. Nothing more or less.  

Remember, the prompt is just there as a little push to get the pen flowing. 

The prompt I invite you to write on is from Mary Oliver's poem, Wild Geese. 

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Call to Action

This week, ask three different people what they feel your greatest strengths are. You can do this in person (preferred) or by phone or email. Notice your own reaction to how other people recognize your strengths. 

Supportive Materials

This is a video interview with my Yoga Nidra teacher Dr. Richard Miller

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Here's an incredible article that speaks much of the same kind of language as this course by Benjamin Hardy from Medium.

How To Develop Mastery, Make Millions, and Be Happy



Adyashanti, author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. 

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.”

Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.