Opening the Heart has to do with Opening the Feeling Body or getting better at FEELING as opposed to THINKING. This is the Gateway to Present Moment Awareness – where we are not bound by the past or worried about the future, just fully experiencing the NOW moment.
When we undertake to open the heart, we may at first be flooded with sensations that feel overwhelming. Thus, we need to practice “no resistance to sensation.”
The rewards of doing this are great: We learn how to live in non-judgmental community with the people around us; we get in touch with our Intuition; we let go of old emotional wounds and patterns; and we become much more able to follow our Soul’s Purpose and put our LOVE INTO ACTION.
We practice Opening our Hearts by using the extended holding of yoga postures to increase our capacity to be with intense sensation. We recommend Michael Brown’s The Presence Process to get better at feeling.