Life is funny isn't it? It often doesn't work out the way we intend it to. We make our plans, and the universe laughs..
I recently watched a lovely movie called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - a film about British retirees who travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. One of the best quotes from the move is "Everything will be all right in the end. So if it is not all right, then it is not yet the end". I love that! This single sentence gave me hope.
But sometimes when things don't go our way, we wall ourselves off from the world a bit (perhaps unintentionally). If the heart chakra is closed down, the very core of us suffers. Our breathing is shallow, slowing down our metabolism and our physical energy. Blocked at the center, we feel divided between mind and body. We pull in to ourselves, withdraw, and become a closed system.
When the heart chakra is open, we feel deeply. Love, compassion, centeredness and warmth towards others are all encouraged by an open heart center. When these feeling are intensified through meditation on heart center, we may experience any number of sensations, from ecstatic bliss to tears of joy. We might even shed a tear of sorrow as old hurts are released and are replaced with feelings of love and self acceptance.
Consider this for a moment.. Music is a language of emotion, and it can have a very powerful effect on the way we feel. Music almost always has the power to bring me out of a funk and back into the world.
In one of those rare and spontaneous gifts from the universe, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with, local artist and Producer Paul Avgerinos. He gifted me with a couple of his CD's - among them his latest album Lovers (available on ITunes and Amazon) and have practically been listening to it non-stop. What better way to open your heart than by listening to beautiful music!