Sourcing Your Heart's Gift
Time to Jump: Sharing Your Gift with the World, Stay the Course, and Unimaginable Possibilities
The course this week
Now that we are familiar with our heart’s gift for the world, know how to laugh in the face of fear, and understand what success looks and feels like, we will do some exciting visualizations, some practical journaling, and some powerful action to share our heart’s gift with the world. This is an exciting moment!
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 Nadi Shodona Pranayama Practice (breathing exercise), daily or as often as possible.
- Do the brief yoga video, ideally directly before Yoga Nidra.
- Do this week's Yoga Nidra practice as often as possible.
- Listen to this week's teaching.
- Do the journal exercise.
- Do the call to action.
- In lieu of a live session you'll receive a bonus video in the live session section of this module.
- 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: Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breath
This breathing practice balances the two main nadis, or energy veins, called Ida and Pingala, which wrap around the central energy channel, Sushumna nadi. It balances energy for a wonderful feeling of clarity and ease. This perfect to do to either raise your energy from a sluggish place or calm down if you're feeling nervous.
Weekly Yoga Nidra Practice
Teaching for this week's theme
Time to Jump!
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
In the discussion part of this module, I discussed the idea of hiring yourself to do the job of sharing your heart's gift with the world. Please source both your ingenuity and creativity to realistically list all the practical things you need for your new job, and how you plan get it. You might use this list although you can make your own: Equipmenet, skills, support, time, teacher.
Example: Let's say that my heart's gift for the world is to play the saxophone. To offer my heart's gift for the world I'll need:
- I need A better saxophone—talk to my sax teacher to see if he knows anyone who is selling a used but good sax
- I need to improve my technique—practice the speed etudes my sax teacher gave me
- I will ask my family if they will support me to have the time I need to practice and play my sax. We can develop together as a family creative way to maximize our time together so that spending time alone practicing doesn't feel like I'm taking time away from them. Maybe we have Practice Your Passion time scheduled each week for the whole family.
- I will schedule 6-8 pm after work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 am–12 pm on Saturdays to practice my sax. I choose to focus on music rather than keeping up with my television series I've been watching.
- I will continue to study with my sax teacher. I will also attend the Jazz Improv clinic at Berkley School of Music in the fall. I'll use Skymiles and 2 vacation days from work to go. Make a family vacation out of it.
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: Execute.
There are three calls to action this week:
Introductions: When people ask you what you do, they are often asking how you make your living. It’s an easy question to begin the conversation about who you are but what they really want to know, and are often too afraid to ask, is what makes your heart really come alive? When asked "What do you do?" instead of telling them what you do for employment, respond with ‘Well, my heart’s gift for the world is _________.” Or "My greatest passion is _________. " or "I try to spend as much time as possible doing _________." Make business cards with your title listed as what your heart's gift for the world is, e.g. "Extraordinary Mother."
Share your heart’s gift for the world. You know what that next little and big steps are for you to share your heart's gift with the world and now is the time to go and do it. If an opportunity isn’t already available for you to share your heart’s gift with the world, create an opportunity for yourself to perform, teach, or share, your heart’s gift for the world. Ideas:
Volunteer to teach a class at a high school, college, or university.
Create an online course.
Start writing your book and schedule writing time every day.
Perform your art in front of others.
Sell your art on Etsy.
Get a teacher or a mentor. Find someone who is doing what you want to do and ask them if they will teach you or mentor you to help you move toward the direction you’d like to move. This will be a life-long process.
There will be no live session this week. Instead you'll find an additional video below leading you through a discussion and a Yoga Nidra practice.
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.
by David Whyte
There is a faith in loving fiercely
the one who is rightfully yours,
especially if you have
waited years and especially
if part of you never believed
you could deserve this
loved and beckoning hand
held out to you this way.
I am thinking of faith now
and the testaments of loneliness
and what we feel we are
worthy of in this world.
Years ago in the Hebrides,
I remember an old man
who walked every morning
on the grey stones
to the shore of baying seals,
who would press his hat
to his chest in the blustering
salt wind and say his prayer
to the turbulent Jesus
hidden in the water,
and I think of the story
of the storm and everyone
waking and seeing
yet familiar figure
far across the water
calling to them
and how we are all
preparing for that
and that calling,
and that moment
we have to say yes,
except it will
not come so grandly
but more subtly
and intimately in the face
of the one you know
you have to love
so that when
we finally step out of the boat
toward them, we find
us, and everything confirms
our courage, and if you wanted
to drown you could,
but you don't
after all this struggle
and all these years
you simply don't want to
you've simply had enough
and you want to live and you
want to love and you will
walk across any territory
and any darkness
however fluid and however
dangerous to take the
one hand you know
belongs in yours.