3 Simple Ways to Give Thanks to Your Heart
Heart health is so important now more than ever. Here are a few ways to honor your heart and all that it does for you day in and day out. Below is a simple heart healthy meditation that only takes a couple of minutes to do. Enjoy!
1. Give yourself credit. We push our bodies, minds and hearts to work more each day, without stopping to say thanks. Take a moment. Take a nice deep breath and say thanks to your self for working so hard through the year. A pat on the back would be in order! 😉
2. Do something nice for yourself. Something that’s indulgent and not work related. A bubble bath, warm blanket, glass of wine, reading a good book. Something that’s uniquely enjoyable to you.
3. Meditate. Even if you’ve never tried it or have a daily practice, meditate on love. Meditation is good for the body, mind and spirit. It’s a short cut to recharging your energy and increasing your sense of well-being. Below is a short meditation you can do sitting or standing that will help center you and cultivate a new appreciation for your heart.
Mindfulness Meditation for Heart Health
- Find a comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed. Remove your glasses and jewelry.
- Take three slow breaths in and out. Notice where you feel your breath the most. Focus on that spot.
- Take a deep breath into your belly. Notice your heart which is just left of midline. Smile to it and breathe in and out of that space. Notice how you feel.
- Send love to your heart. Smile to your heart. Take two deep breaths in and out. Notice how you feel. Repeat twice.
- Take this sensation with you for the rest of your day and relish it.
I invite you to pause, be thankful for who we are and who we have in our lives and find the joy in being in the present moment. How do you find joy in your life? Let us know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
Lynn Palmgren is the founder and co-owner of Palmgren Acupuncture in Oak Park, Illinois. She is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and loves helping people increase the quality of their lives and feel good again. You can find Lynn at Google+ and Twitter.
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