What comes to mind when you hear the term “Wholehearted Living”? Does it evoke certain feelings in you? Is it something you feel you already possess or that you want more of? What would it mean to you to live wholeheartedly? How would it change your life?
5 STEPS TO WHOLEHEARTED LIVING THROUGH THE PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS
Meditate Daily- spend time each day to sit in stillness and become intimately acquainted with what arises for you, moment to moment. Notice, but don't get lost in the one-sided thoughts, stories, beliefs and ideas that arise again and again, be more curious to how they affect the body and heart, rather than the content of it. Continue to ground yourself in the present moment by choosing an anchor point to place your attention (breath, body sensations, sounds, feelings, thoughts) and see clearly the realness that is you beneath all the stories.
Check In Often- take moments throughout the day to check in to what is happening in your body, heart and mind. A daily meditation practice supports the practice of remembering to check in. Notice if you are tense or relaxed, if there is a sense of openness or a sense of shutting down or closing off to your experience. So much of suffering happens from shutting down.
Choose Openness- again and again. Wholehearted living requires courage to remain open, receptive, and vulnerable to what is happening in the present moment, especially if the moment is filled with unpleasantness or pain, instead of running away from the unpleasantness or pain, hold it in a heart of compassion.
Embrace Discomfort- turn towards discomfort, this is where the opportunity for growth lies. Without pain and struggle, there would not be growth. Trust the impermanent nature of discomfort, lean towards it and learn from it. It will teach you a lot.
Practice Gratitude- daily. Gratitude is natural bi product of wholehearted living, and is the soil to where love, joy, peace and contentment grows in abundance no matter what the day or moment has brought, you can learn to appreciate it all, wholeheartedly!
(Inspired by Brené Brown’s work in research of wholehearted living)
Brené Brown, “The Gifts of Imperfection, Let Go of Who You Think You’re Suppose to Be and Embrace Who You Are,” (2010), USA.