Sunday, September 9, 2012 ~ Practices for Opening Our Hearts
Recovering from the Illusion of Perfect Trust
Miki Kashtan, “Trust, like safety, runs deep. When we don’t experience trust, as when we don’t experience safety, we shut down, protect, and hide our vulnerability.” Read more »
• Four Practices for Opening Our Hearts
Steps: What I’m telling myself; What I want to happen; Underlying needs; Identify core needs; Meditate on deepest needs
II. [Emergency] Gratitude Practice
Take time to actively imagine/replay how another contributed to my life.
III. Embracing Difficult Emotions
When noticing our own constriction, as we resist difficult emotions (such as shame, helplessness, fear, anger – perhaps personifying the emotion as a vulnerable interior part), and instead of contracting away, we might instead envision how we might step towards our anguish, by revealing what is alive within us. Rather than reacting to our pain, embrace moving towards what we want, as a blueprint (rather than permitting the triggering emotion to guide a reactive action).
IV. Seeing Luminous Essence (of Another)
Recording of Miki Kashtan’s Presentation of “Four Practices for Opening your Heart”:
“People talking without speaking
For more on NVC & 9/11 (as a historical/illustrative example) please see Tab-IV
Art Garfunkel: A song about the “inability of people to communicate with one another, not particularly internationally, but especially emotionally, so that what you see around you is people who are unable to love each other. This is called The Sound of Silence.“