Four Chambered Heart by Margie Farias

Healing is a process not a destination. Mountain Pearl has introduced the idea of using the influence of the seasons as gentle guides in our day to day approach to achieving and maintaining good health.

In the midst of this winter season I offer this quick practice to help nurture winter’s opportunity for reflection, introspection and focus on our inner light.  This will take 10-15 minutes and is an abbreviated version of the Four Chambered Heart Meditation. You don’t need to know any anatomy, just use your own imaginative visual:

Once you have found a quiet place and some stillness, visualize your heart with its 4 chambers. Invite it to come forward and fill your immediate field of energy.

** Take a deep breath into the left upper chamber, and continue with this breath. This is your “full heart”. Sense the abundance. Stay there as long as you like…

** Now, continuing with the same breath, direct it to the left lower chamber. This is your “open” heart. Open up to all that you can take in, even the uncomfortable and unfamiliar, with no judgement. Stay here as long as you like…

** Move your focus to the right upper chamber with a relaxing full breath. Even if the full breathing is becoming painful, try to continue with it. This is your “clear heart”. This is where you will find total clarity, perfect reflection. Stay here as long as you like…

** Finally, with powerful breathing, move to the right lower chamber. This is your “strong heart”! Feel the power coming up into this chamber from the earth, your root! Continue power breathing: this is your dream, your strength, your battle standard. Own this. 

** Finish by breathing normally into all 4 chambers at once…this is you, your center, your spiritual heart. Stay here as long as you like…

Remember: wherever your attention goes, there also will your energy flow! In future offerings, I will explain how our breath—our life force—can be enhanced by craniosacral work with the respiratory diaphragm. 

Margie Farias, CranioSacral Therapist