New Collective Prayer Sunday Challenge: Heart Solutions

I haven’t issued a challenge for a LONG time.  Still thinking about working from heart space and holding vision vs. problem-solving (see previous post).  All that mixed together and became an idea for a challenge.  Actually there are two challenges.  I’ll give you both now but I’ll post the second one again when the first is over.  See below for an invitation for you to write a short piece about one or both challenges that I’ll include in a post.

(1) Between now and midnight on November 9, 2014, for five days (in a row or spaced as you wish):

  • Sit or lie comfortably with a straight back and close your eyes
  • Think of someone with whom you have a challenging relationship or whom you don’t like or whom you consider an enemy
  • Say the lovingkindness chant for that person for 10 minutes
  • Take a few deep, even breaths, each inhalation and exhalation taking the same amount of time (i.e. count 10 on inhale, count 10 on exhale)
  • Begin imagining that you’re inhaling into your heart and exhaling from your heart
  • Place one hand on your heart to focus more energy there; you can put it down when you feel you’ve moved into heart space but keep some attention on staying in heart
  • Ask to see what you can do to create harmony with that person
  • From heart space, what do you understand about this relationship; what does your heart feel about this person?
  • When you feel complete, open your eyes
  • As you move through normal life focus whenever you think of it on heart space and hold the vision of this harmonious relationship
  • Note any shifts you feel toward this person or about this relationship as the five days progress

(2) Between midnight November 9, 2014 and midnight November 16, 2014, for five days:

  • Sit or lie comfortably with a straight back and close your eyes
  • Thinks of a problem or an issue in the world about which you have strong feelings (crime, terrorism, environment… you pick)
  • Say the lovingkindness chant for the world for 10 minutes
  • Take a few deep, even breaths, each inhalation and exhalation taking the same amount of time (i.e. count 10 on inhale, count 10 on exhale)
  • Begin imagining that you’re inhaling into your heart and exhaling from your heart
  • Place one hand on your heart to focus more energy there; you can put it down when you feel you’ve moved into heart space but keep some attention on staying in heart
  • Ask to see what steps you could take to help create a world without this problem or whether you’re meant to do anything at all–make sure you stay in heart space
  • From heart space what do you understand about this problem/issue?  About the best way to create a world that no longer has that problem/issue?
  • When you feel complete, open your eyes
  • As you move through normal life, focus when you think of it on heart space and your vision of a world that doesn’t contain this problem
  • Note any shifts in how you feel about this problem as the five days progress and as you continue to envision a new path

I would love to do a post about each of these that contains thoughts from some of you.  If you’d like, write 300 words or less about your experience with one or both of these exercises and send it to me (yogaleigh at earthlink dot net) by midnight Nov. 9 for the first one and by midnight Nov. 16 for the second, I’ll compile however many there are into a post.

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