How To Un-tether Your Soul
Kathleen Quinn-Matus is a Professional Life Coach living in the Finger Lakes in NYS
The first time I read "Untethered Soul" by Micheal Singer I enjoyed reading a few pages at a time. For me it was my mini-retreat before hitting the pavement each morning.
That all changed the second time I read Michael’s book; it moved me on a deeper level. I compare it to slicing into a layered cake with rich fillings inside; each filling complimenting the next. On the surface each chapter may appear to be saying the same as the last, yet the ideas, stories, and practices are layered to provide an expanded experience; if we allow it.
I had a spiritual mentor in my twenties. I would call her when I was dealing with a charged situation. She shared spiritual practices that lifted me out of my emotional quagmire and miraculously my issue would dissolve. She always instructed me to “be in the world, but not of it”; reminding me that this path guides us to move beyond any and all circumstances.
My biggest take away from Untethered Soul is each layer of the book feels like spiritual acupuncture. Each time we engage in a heart-centered practice we come closer to “being in the world, but not of it”.
We now know the heart produces the largest rhythmic electromagnetic field of any of the body's organs. This field increases when we engage in a heart centered practice. Scientists at the Institute for Heart Math have found that our heart rhythms shift when we focus on the heart feeling love, appreciation, or gratitude in the heart area. Changing the pattern of activity in our nervous system lowers cortisol while increasing key antibodies of our immune system.
Give yourself the gift of a daily heart meditation. It doesn't have to be long to be effective. Below a 3 minute heart centered meditation practice you can do anytime including in your office at work. If done on a regular basis, it only gets better.
Begin by imaging your heart breathing in a loving light and breathing out loving light.
Close your eyes and slowly breath in on the count of 8...pause...breath out on the count of 8.
Keeping your breathing at a steady slow pace, image a loving light flowing in and through your heart and as you exhale the loving light grows bigger and brighter.
Do this for 3 minutes, breathing slowly, then open your eyes.
Before resuming your normal activities, take a moment to notice what has shifted.
Note: If your mind wanders, just gently redirct it back to your heart, focus on feeling a loving light flowing in and through.