I wanted to complete the February heart theme with the following Heart Breath Practice that is from the amazing book, Planetary Healing Spirit Medicine for Global Transformation, by Nicki Scully and Mark Hallert:
Relax. Close your eyes and take a couple of deep, calming breaths. Focus on your heart. Look within and find the eternal flame of your being that dwells in the sanctuary of your heart center. This flame is the spark of your Soul that endures throughout time.
As you bring your heart flame into focus, access whatever inner senses are available to you—sight, hearing, feeling, knowing, imagination…then activate feelings of love in your heart and use those feelings to feed your heart flame. Love is the fuel.
Feel love in your heart. It brightens, it intensifies, it spreads warmth and light throughout your being. Breathe as though you are drawing vitality from the heart of the Earth. Breathe in energy from all the elements, minerals and plants. Hold your breath for a moment while the intelligence of Earth mingles with the love that you continue to pour on your heart flame.
As you exhale, the charged energy radiates out from the heart center, igniting every cell with life-force energy and love. Take several deep Earth Breaths—simultaneously extend your consciousness upward toward the heart of the cosmos. You are inhaling power from the Earth and drawing vitality from all the heavenly bodies and the intelligence that permeates the universe.
Hold your breath for a moment as these energies combine with love. With each out-breath, experience the growing life-force energy, intelligence, love, and radiance that extend throughout your body and beyond. When you feel in that perfect place of equilibrium between Earth and Sky, you can meditate quietly within this glow until you are ready to open your eyes…