In this video, I contrast allowing your feelings and open heart to directly interact with the world with filtering your feelings through your mind. When you allow your open heart to interact directly with the world, your emotional state becomes more unpredictable. Feelings happen quickly. Moods shift and cycle regularly. Your sense of feeling secure ebbs and flows. You are no longer channeling your feelings through your intellect to buffer your emotional state. But if you can allow yourself to navigate this enigmatic emotional terrain, you glean the connection and vitality of walking with your heart open.
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There were some tough lessons at the Summer Solstice Ceremonies this year. Challenging and painful, but critically important. Several days into our gathering, Ann Coughlin and Eve Costello conducted a series of ceremonies that guided me deep into the beauty of my heart. After each successive ceremony, I found myself to be more and more open and sensitive. When I returned to sit around the fire between ceremonies, I noticed even the most subtle forms of sarcasm or cleverness became difficult to be around. I could see how it created separation and feel how painful that
We live in a vigilant culture. We are inclined to believe that if we do not prop things up, everything will fall apart. We come by this honestly. Our vigilance may be necessary on the make-ends-meet level.
However, it turns out we are not wired that way at the emotional and spiritual levels. On the contrary, in these realms it is more beneficial to stop propping things up and
A few weeks ago many things that I have been working with for the past 6 months all broke free at once. The manuscript from my book came back from the editor, meaning I can now send out proposals to publishers. My new video camera came in allowing me to start shooting video and creating video blogs. I also had just started to search for places to facilitate retreats in 2020. And, I go to my 7-day meditation
Are you ready for spring? In my tradition of the medicine wheel, the new year starts in the spring. Spring is when a new cycle of your life is born. This is readily apparent in nature with plants sprouting and animals giving birth in the spring. To be clear, spring is when the essence of your new cycle is conceived, so it may not have form yet. It's also when your intention naturally begins to issue forth
About the Author
I, Michael Hoffman, am a licensed psychotherapist, teacher, and author with 25 years experience in counseling and teaching experiential workshops. I have maintained this blog since 2009, and my second book Natural Way of Being will published in 2019.
I offer in-person and video-conferencing counseling, intensive workshops, and online courses to allow participants to directly experience their natural way of being and the life they would have for themselves.