Day 11 of Finding Your Flow meditation focuses on activating the fourth chakra, also known as the heart chakra. Deepak states that the universal and Divine energy is pure love and that we are all expressions of that love. And he’s not alone in this view.
When neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander died, he experienced heaven and the pure love energy that flows through everything (detailed in his book Proof of Heaven). Other people, including children, have experienced the same pure love during death experiences (see Heaven is for Real).
And brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a severe stroke that took her left brain (where our logic and ego live) offline. In her book My Stroke of Insight, she writes about how she could see and sense the pure energy that we all radiate.
Tuning in to the heart chakra is all about letting yourself feel and receive the love that is already your birthright. Even if you have suffered horrible trauma or abuse, you are still a being of love and have access to all the Divine love that flows.
As we use the energy of the fourth chakra, we can dial up those feelings of love wherever and whenever we want. For us souls@work, this can be a great way to bring humanity back to our workplaces. By reconnecting with your true self (love), you will feel happier and calmer, no matter what is around you.
But if you can extend that love to others, you can bring light to your fellow souls. We do this through empathy and compassion. We take time to think about how someone else might be feeling and we extend a word of encouragement. Or we just offer to listen without needing to fix anything. Or we might tell someone how awesome they are with the real enthusiasm that we feel.
If you want to stretch to your yoga edge of empathy, think about your boss and ask yourself these questions.
- What pressing projects or goals are on his/her plate at the moment?
- How is s/he evaluated and what kind of pressure is s/he under?
- What kind of boss does your boss have? Is it someone who provides encouragement and mentorship or are they demanding and critical?
- And what is going on in his/her personal life? What do you know about the health of their family, their home, or other pressures they are under?
Now consider how you might extend empathy or compassion to your boss. What can you do or say to lighten their load or help them succeed? When I do this activity with people, I am always amazed at the shift in energy everyone feels. As Dr. Brené Brown states, “We must rehumanize our workplaces.” And perhaps we are the ones to do that.