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February 2021 Publisher's Letter and Inspiration Article on Becoming Heart-Centered

Jan 21, 2021 08:46PM ● By Toni Conover

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Those words have always rung true, but never more so than now, with so much division and “us versus them” thinking.  I hope we will start to see a shift in this the month when we traditionally celebrate love. I saw a quote on Facebook this morning that I think is worth considering: “Be careful not to dehumanize those you disagree with. In our self-righteousness, we can become the very things we criticize in others… and not even know it.”

We also celebrate Black History month in February. Martin Luther King Jr. was certainly one of our country’s most influential and important leaders. My favorite quote of his, which I have included in these pages more than once, is “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” Truth.

He also said, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” I believe love is the greatest force on Earth, and the only hope for healing our wounds, both individually and collectively.

We can start by connecting to our hearts. See our Inspiration department article below, “Becoming Heart Minded.”

Wishing you a February full of heart, love and compassion for everyone, including yourself.

Love,

Toni

Becoming Heart-Minded

by Sarah Blondin

We already know what it feels like to be in our hearts. Although we may feel disconnected from it and at times doubt ourselves, most often all we need to do to awaken it is become still and quiet, and it will do the rest. When we draw our attention inward and focus on our heart center, it will calm and reassure us, often instantly.

This may sound too good to be true, but this is exactly what happens when we invite and allow it. When we inhabit the heart, we awaken to our aliveness. We spontaneously arrive like a bolt of lightning in the present moment and all our arguments against ourselves and life go quiet. Goodness pushes up through the chaos of our internal world and we feel lit from within by a light we had no idea was there.

At any time, no matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, we can touch this place in ourselves and activate the benefits of the heart space. Try practicing now by placing a hand on your heart, breathe in and notice now this small act sends a message to soften and disarm. It is that simple. It’s about shifting and moving ourselves into this place of love and acceptance, allowing ourselves to be infused with the consciousness of our heart.

If we look within, most of us can identify a vision we have, an image of who we want to become, an enhanced version of ourselves—something like You 2.0. This image is often kinder, more loving, openhearted, accepting, inspired and creative; it’s often less self-conscious and more gallant. This self doesn’t succumb to fear, anger or hardship and rises above everything with ease. This vision we have in our mind’s eye is the best representation of our heart-minded selves. It is the call of our heart.

When we see this version as our potential rather than a reminder of our shortcomings, we can use it as a way—a tool—to help us move in the direction of our light. Take time throughout the day to bow our head and take three conscious breathes into our heart. Let its current feed us. Remember we are wise. We are soft. We are brave. Let all other noise stop. Re-enter the kingdom of our heart.

Sarah Blondin is among the top three popular meditation teachers on InsightTimer, and the author of Heart Minded: How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love. Visit SarahBlondin.com.

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