Have I mentioned before that I love teaching about the chakras? I've taught my chakra series for about ten years now, and it never disappoints. This year is no exception. Last Thursday in Hatha was Anahata day, or 4th chakra, located at the heart center. This is where we house grief. And there is PLENTY of that to go around these days. After class, several of us on Zoom stayed back and shared some tender moments. We realized how close to the surface our sadness is sometimes.
I know there are MANY blessings that have come from this, and we will certainly build on the beautiful things that emerged. But the heart chakra asks us to stop for a moment and acknowledge grief. To let crying cleanse us. To moan with purifying sound. To sigh in surrender to everything that has happened that is way out of our control.
I encourage you to get in touch with your own grief from this year. It's probably not too hard to access. Try this:
Remember, grief is not bad. It is simply the resulting feeling of having and then losing. It's only a problem if it goes unacknowledged. It then becomes a heaviness, a deadness, or a sharpness like a thorn. Remove it so you can breathe and live happy!
If you'd like to hear my opening chat about all things Anahata from class this week, I include it in this week's PODCAST.
Also, the Winter Solstice is coming this weekend! We will change from longest nights to increasingly longer days. Tej Arvind and I are getting so excited to create an opportunity to acknowledge the year gone by and prepare for the year ahead--it only gets better! Join us for our Solstice celebration, Renew to Balance: The Synergy of Chakras and Planets.
As always, hop into Hatha any time. You can keep the chakras through January 9, even if you just join for the month. www.jessgoulding.com/store.
May you know your heart, listen to your heart, and free your heart of the thorns of grief so you may live happily in the now.