Yesterday I left you with the thought that a supple heart gives us the ability to continue after heartbreak or sorrow. But how do we make our heart more supple. It just so happened that this morning was my session with my Yoga Master where she took my old, stiff, and sore body through a series of exercises and stretches to “loosen me up.”
Parker Palmer talks about exercising our heart by taking in life small sorrows and joys. He says, “Taking all of it in — the good and the bad alike — is a form of exercise that slowly transforms my clenched fist of a heart into an open hand.”
You might try during your meditation to consider some recent heartbreaks and joys and ask yourself about your reaction to each and whether there was a better response. When I miss several yoga sessions my body reacts by resisting. It doesn’t take a genius to know that failure to exercise my heart on a regular basis will lead to a stiff and inflexible heart. So just like my yoga sessions I must consistently learn to exercise my heart.