Sourcing Your Heart's Gift
The course this week
What does it mean to succeed? Success isn’t about the financial or social status. It’s about the satisfaction of sharing your heart’s gift with the world. In this module we will begin to set up the metrics for success which you will be able to track to recognize success every day. You’ll create your own success with small mile markers which turn into vast journeys. Soon you’ll notice how readily you are moving through life grounded in the satisfaction of real and lasting success. Your confidence will rise and you will walk through life with a glow of success, a quality that will be contagious to those around you.
I encourage you to do all of the course materials, however, if you don't have a lot of time, it's most important to simply do the Yoga Nidra practice. Complete the rest of the materials when you can.
Do the following this week:
- Continue with the Daily Optimization Practice.
- Do the Ujjayi Pranayama Practice (breathing exercise), daily or as often as possible.
- Do this week's Yoga Nidra practice as often as possible.
- Listen to this week's teaching.
- Do the brief yoga video, ideally directly before Yoga Nidra.
- Do the journal exercise.
- Do the call to action.
- Supportive materials are there to add relevant, supplementary information.
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:
- Basic constitution (get a drink, bathroom, coffee if you need it).
- Three rounds of breathing (Kapalabhati) and gratitude practice,
- Have a peak experience.
- Daily Meditation (below and on the main page).
- Repeat the positive statement of truth from the Daily Meditation or (create your own).
This will be the same meditation for all six weeks
Pranayama Practice: Ujjayi Breath—The Victorious Breath
There’s a scene in the Bhagavad Gita where the warrior prince Arjuna is nervously standing on the battlefront next to the god-incarnate Krishna. Arjuna looks across the battlefield to see family and friends and teachers on the other side. Of course this is symbolic for many things which we won’t go into here but the point is is that Arjuna is nervous about this impending task.
At that moment, Krishna puts his hand on his shoulder and basically says, “Look, you’re looking at this all too linearly. The truth is that the battle has already happened. You’ve already been victorious. But in this moment, your duty is simply to step up and move forward. Do what your destiny has set out for you to do.”
Weekly Yoga Nidra Practice
Teaching for this week's theme
The teachings for each week's theme is quite helpful to understand the purpose and usage Yoga Nidra regarding that theme. However, it's important to remember that this course is not meant to be an intellectual exercise. In many ways we are trying to take our heads out of the picture and learn to feel into our gifts using our hearts. To do this deep work, we are using a deeper wisdom than intellect, the divine wisdom of our heart. 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.
This yoga practice is designed to help you connect body, mind, and sprit prior to or in addition to practicing Yoga Nidra. Please listen to the wisdom of your own body and only go as deep as feels comfortable in each pose.
Weekly Journaling Exercise
For the journal this week, please read the following excerpt by Antonio Machado and then write to success.
“I dreamt -- marvellous error! -- that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.”
About the journaling process . . .
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. You're writing to hear the wisdom of your heart.
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.
Call to Action: Build The Habits for Success
Choose one or more action you know will benefit you to help you succeed discovering and sharing your heart's gift for the world. Commit to make this action a habit. Write down your habit(s) and post it/them someplace you will see it regularly to remind you. Then tell a friend what you are doing and ask them to help keep you accountable. Ask them to follow up with you. Mark it on your daily calendar and do that action every day for the next 21 days to turn it into a habit. Program your success!
If you'd like to drill down on some of the ideas from this course you may do so with supplementary articles, podcasts, videos, etc.