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Opening the Heart to Embrace the Present
by Deb Schnitta
the world around you seems chaotic, it can be hard to remember that you
are a creative being, able to not only influence the choices around
you, but also to create the ones you desire. Chaos is a stream of
energy. It can be thought of as a raging river, one that is hard to
navigate. Yet within even the most chaotic environment is the
opportunity for expansion, and through connecting with expansion, the
presence of peace.
It can be hard to remember there is a choice
present in each moment. Often the larger currents simply engulf your
thoughts, and you find yourself “blindly” following the path that has
been laid out for you. Disconnecting for a moment allows the opportunity
to come back to center, to pause, and then when you are ready, to
engage where you desire.
The same is true in the quest for
physical healing. Often when my clients are voicing their desire for
things to be different in life, I will suggest sitting for five minutes
of peace. To the mind this may seem like a waste of time, especially
when there is so much to do… But the gift of time is invaluable to even
the mind itself. In that one pause is the power of profound
It is often from stopping what we are doing that
we learn about our motivations for why we are doing what we are doing.
Knowing why an event is happening allows us to gain awareness of our
beliefs, which can in turn let us then make new choices. Often it is the
simple choices that create the greatest impact.
When the mind
notices a moment of silence, it often moves forward to fill that vacuum.
Not content to be, the mind prefers action, even the action of thinking
about doing something! It is when the mind connects with the heart that
it is able to expand the fullest; we refer to this as the mind itself
taking a breath. Free from the inner chaos, even in that one single
breath is the fullness of potential. Aligning the heart and mind creates
expansion for the mind itself.
Imagine if you will, a time when
your mind was telling you a story that was based in the past. Perhaps a
wonderful event was unfolding before you, and your mind was quick to
jump in to remind you of all the bad things that were possible. Or,
perhaps a moment of excitement followed by a quick, almost simultaneous,
uh-oh, the familiar notes of dread. In each occurrence the mind is
responding from the past, either from experience or what it perceives
may happen based on its beliefs.
When the mind begins to respond
in this fashion it can be very hard to hear its presence. The first clue
may in fact be long after your actions have taken a detour and followed
this larger flow, here the history of the mind.
When the heart
enters the equation, there is great potential. The heart, as a doorway,
is both an access point to the expansion that is you, as well as the key
to the present. Being in the presence of what is unfolding and
connected to your larger consciousness is the deepest place of expansion
that the mind can witness related to the personality. It is the
opportunity to know from a place of clarity what it truly unfolding. It
is the same process, connecting with expansion and presence that lays
the foundation for any expansion of consciousness, whether it is knowing
the Divine, opening to your unlimited potential, or the bliss of never
ending expansion of Unity.
Engaging the mind to explore its
beliefs is important. Giving the mind the opportunity to witness the
absence of exploration is invaluable. It is through the expansion of
the mind that unlimited potential moves into the forefront, and it is
through the presence of being that your true nature emerges.
Those interested in exploring more about embracing the present, have benefited from Opening the Heart: Moving into Higher Energies and the Vanati book, Soul Connection: Opening to the Source of Creation.
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