Day 4 of Finding Your Flow meditation has us focus on the centering thought that love and compassion are within. I think we have all had moments where we feel the enormous swell that is the emotion of love or the authentic tenderness of compassion.
But how often do we feel these at work? For years, it has been the norm to “shield up” to go to work. To put on that jacket of “professionalism” — in fact, the traditional business suit is about being buttoned up tight with a leash-like device tight around the neck. Somewhere along the line, “professional” became emotionless, thereby cutting off love and compassion at work.
To me, this is all about open-heartedness, because you cannot feel love or compassion when your heart is closed. We need to lower the shield that blocks both hurt from coming in as well as our love from expressing out. I realize that can feel risky, especially since we have all been socialized to keep that shield in place.
But let’s play with it a little. At work, stop and find a few minutes to connect within. Perhaps you can sit quietly at your workspace and just allow yourself to remember someone you love. Or you might go for a walk outside and find a small piece of nature. I know that bees always open my heart. If I can find a bee, I can open my heart. Maybe it’s talking with a colleague whom you really respect and trust. Just find little spaces of private time to set aside the shield and connect to your love and compassion.
I’d love to hear from you. What is the thing that helps you open your heart at work? Can you expand that to 2-3 things?