Tune into Your Heart

A Valentine’s Party~

Are you holding onto hurt feelings or resentment in your relationships? Is self care at the bottom of your priority list? Join us for an open heart meditation. We will journey via guided meditation into the realm of the heart. Here, you will explore the space, clear it, and fill it up with love. Sunday, February 7th, from 1-2pm at A Place to Breathe, no charge, donations accepted for Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville (list here). Please RSVP: elizabethbain11@gmail.com or kimberlohan@gmail.com


Kim’s Thoughts:

This time of year we are often bombarded with red hearts and the pressure to declare and prove our feelings about a significant other. With that in mind, we decided to host a heart meditation on February 7th from 1-2 PM at A Place to Breathe Meditation Studio. I’m excited for this event because we will be zeroing in on one of the most exciting aspects of every human being ~ the love we hold in our heart. Our heart is the center of our chakra system and it is through this bridge we move from the lower chakras 1-3, to the higher chakras 5-7. The heart is where we experience healing transformation.

I’m also fired up because we are doing this event at no charge and asking folks to bring items for the nonprofit, Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville. They assist kiddos who have heart conditions. I feel connected to this organization because after pregnancy complications I experienced congestive heart failure. I was in my 30’s when I went through this and often felt scared or uncomfortable with many of the procedures associated with cardiology and heart monitoring even though I could mentally understand what was happening and knew I was receiving excellent medical attention. I can see how valuable an organization such as this could be: providing much needed support when your little one is facing a chronic medical condition.

We are asking for donations for their care bags for when families have to stay at the hospital (toiletries) or donations for their bravery chest. The bravery chest provides a special gift for children following a cardiology appointment. They are able to select a small toy, (hand stamp, stuffed animal, think pocket size) for their courage. Please join us.

Kim can be found at Hara Studio


Elizabeth’s Thoughts:

In February the emphasis is often on partnered humans. But whether you are single or in a relationship, self-love is a must! It is often put at the bottom of the list or even cast aside, so here are a few ways to draw self-love into daily life.

Here’s a wonderful way to start your day. When you first wake up in the morning, with your eyes closed, breathe deeply into your whole body, feeling this complicated, magnificent organism that allows you to do what you do every day. Put your hand on your heart, breathe in this space. Feel the power of the love that you are radiating. And feel the stream of love that you are always in, feel the love pouring into you even as it radiates from you. Breathe this love, and let this love guide you as you open your eyes and move into your day.

The unconditional love of our nonhuman friends is amazing guidance and support that is always available to us. I find one of the fastest ways to settle into my heart space is to place one hand on my heart and one hand on my dog’s heart. If you’ve got a smaller critter friend she or he might lie down on your heart. My cat is a normal cat in that he’s particular about how he likes to be held and he has never sat on anyone’s lap of his own choice…and yet, one of his favorite positions to be held in has his heart over my heart. Notice if your critter friends find ways to be heart to heart with you. They probably already do. Now watch what happens when they notice that you’re going out of your way to find ways to be heart to heart with them. They will notice.

Whenever you do choose to move into your heart space, feel this stream of love that you are in, this stream of love that is the All. When you love yourself, you are loving every being, for there is no true separation. Be your own Valentine this year.


December Collaboration

Building My Inner Light     Kim Lohan

Winter solstice is approaching and as the days get shorter, I find my energy starting to wane. I decided to make a plan to work on charging up my inner light. Here’s what I came up with, and to make this happen I wrote it in my day planner:

Dec. 21: Dark / light exercises (see Elizabeth’s post below).

Dec. 22: Candlelight meditation.

Dec. 23: Dance party. – I find that anytime I dance around my living room it really charges up my field. I will probably do this by the light of the Christmas tree.

Dec. 24: Go complaint free all day!

Dec. 25: Go to bed 1 hour earlier than normal. – Seriously, I am already looking forward to this.

Dec. 26: Recharge. – Choose something that boosts your energy: maybe it’s a yoga class or hanging out in a bookstore or taking a walk.

Dec. 27: Unplug. – Disconnect from all technology.

Dec. 28: Gratitude notes. – Write a thank you note to a friend, family member or teacher.

Dec. 29: Rent a comedy. – Pick something that strikes your funny bone. I want to spend the night laughing.

Dec. 30: Create a vision board. – Create a collage of what you’d like your life to look like. This is a powerful way to energetically clarify what you want.

Dec. 31: Edit bookshelf. – Go through books and release those with which I am done. Decluttering helps to recharge you and your home.

Dark and Light        Elizabeth Bain

December is a busy time of year for many: completing projects; celebrating holidays with friends and family. Here in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter and the days are short, the nights long. Whether you are aware of difficulties traversing this busy season full of contrasting dark and light or not, I’m going to share some simple ways to shift your perspective and recharge yourself when you need it most.

In our dualistic culture/mindset, we tend to label and judge things frequently and quickly (often this is learned from such an early age, we’re not aware of the process). While we could easily get overwhelmed with the thought of removing judgment from our daily lives, here we are just focusing on our labels and judgments of dark and light. Dark is not bad, just as light is not good. Dark and light just are; we choose to label and judge them as bad or good. They are both tools that we can choose to use for our benefit. Dark can be used to create a womb-like space free from distractions and ripe for introspection, getting to know some aspect of self better, dreaming big. Light can be used as fuel whether you are sitting in the sun and feeding the physical body on the cellular level or lighting up the energy bodies for clearing or inspiration.

This year winter solstice falls on December 21st or 22nd depending where you are on the planet. Traditional celebrations are often fire oriented and many cultures have celebrations of light in some form or another. While the solstice is just one day, celebrating light can be an every day event or occasion. To fully celebrate the light, I like to celebrate the dark, too, as there cannot be one without the other.

Exercise 1, Knowing the Dark: Choose a time well after the sun has set, step outside into the dark (in a safe place with lights off or inside create darkness if that’s safer). Breathe, settle into your body and notice what dark feels like for you: physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically. Notice what labels and judgments appear. Just notice what is. Acknowledge the dark. Feel the dark that is outside of you and feel the dark that is inside of you. Feel the void as a space both empty and full of possibilities. Honor and respect the dark.  Say any prayers of thanks that come to you. Notice how you feel now: physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically. Then, gently breathe back into your body in the now, opening your eyes as you are ready.

Exercise 2, Knowing the Light: Choose a time when there is sun and pause in the sun (outside preferably, but inside works, too). Breathe, settle into your body and notice what light feels like for you: physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically. Notice what labels and judgments appear. Just notice what is. Acknowledge the light. Feel the light that is outside of you and feel the light that is inside of you. Notice if they merge or not. Notice where that merging does or does not take place. Honor and respect the light. Say any prayers of thanks that come to you. Notice how you feel now: physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically. Then, gently breathe back into your body in the now, opening your eyes as you are ready.

(Tip: If you find that it’s difficult to read the exercise and do it at the same time, find a friend to assist. Have the friend read the exercise to you slowly, calmly, while you relax into the exercise. And then after a pause, trade roles and read aloud for your friend.)



Cosmic Shifts

New moon, solar eclipse, and vernal equinox all happening today! If you’re feeling overwhelmed today, take a few minutes to read through this guided meditation and be kind to yourself.

At this halfway point between the longest night and longest day, settle into your heart.

From this vantage point looking in all directions and across all time, sweep the view clean with your gaze.

Breathe the power of the stars above, the planets, the sun eclipsed by the moon.

Feel the answering light within you shining brightly into the multiverse.

Listen closely for the voice deep within that speaks only the language of love, the voice calls your true name.

Hear your name and sing the song you are.

Breathe out all that no longer serves your true purpose.

Sing the song you are.

Join the celestial symphony and draw this music into your body and into your world.

Feel each note as it shifts your vibration.

Feel your light find a new balance.

Open to the All.

May you find ease in change,

may you find light in dark,

and may you find love.


Finding Center

Here we are halfway through the month of March with a solar eclipse, new moon, and the vernal equinox all in the next week! All that planetary movement in a very short window of time…Friday is going to be a busy day in the universe. With all that dancing of planets, staying centered this month seems to be a bit of a challenge.

In this human experience change is a constant, but we often look at it with a negative slant and end up tying all sorts of emotions to it, creating a tangled mess. Day to day life is often flying by at such a fast pace that we’re overwhelmed just trying to get through a day. There is support all around and even within, but we have to remember to pause, notice it, and feel it. Here’s a guided meditation to find some support.

Close your eyes and settle into your body, breathing comfortably, gently.

Feel your feet connected to the ground and feel that connection reach deep into the earth.

Feel yourself in a vertical pillar of white light connecting you to the earth below and your higher self above.

Breathe gently and allow your entire being to draw into alignment within this pillar of light. Feel the light not just surrounding you, but within your physical body.

Stay here, breathing in this place or state of alignment for a few moments and just feel all that is.

Comfortably supported in this alignment, feel and hear big March winds pouring through your being.

Whether they come from behind, in front, or the side, feel the power of these winds clearing all of your being.

These winds bring change, freshness, a new perspective.

And in this place or state of alignment, allow the change to be just that, change.

Stay here for a few moments just breathing, being.

Gently breathe back into your physical body in the now and notice how you feel. What is different? What is the same? No judging, just noticing. Know this is you as you are. Know that you can return to this whenever you need to.

In these busy times, be kind to yourself and others. As we hit the vernal equinox, feel the balance of dark and light and allow that balance into your whole being. And remember you are Light.


New Year Full Moon

Last night the full-moon-deep-dark shadows danced across the fields as the big winds swept through. Full moons are a time of release. Wind is an element of clearing. The pairing of full moon and big winds is a powerful start to this new year. Yes, we are almost a week into the new year, but as with most points of change, there is a window around the actual point of change where we’re adjusting. We exist in the space time continuum and thus we often experience change over time.

Here’s a brief meditation for bringing the new you into the now.

Close your eyes.
Lean into the light of the full moon and the winds around you; trust there is support for you in every moment.
Find that space of gratitude within you and allow it to connect with all that has made you who you are, past, present, and future.
Breathe into your heart.
Breathe gold light from over your head, breathe it down your body into the earth.
Breathe brown light from the earth below, breathe it up your body to connect with the Source of the gold light overhead.
Feel the shifting within as you come to a new balance, a new alignment.
Pause for a moment and feel the new you.
Smile and open your eyes gently.

We are barely into the new year and my practice is already changing. I have new rates starting February 1. And stay tuned for new services that I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks. I, for one, am excited for this new year!


Short Days and Long Nights, Where Is the Light?

As the sun rises later and sets earlier all while moving farther to the south each day, I feel a pull inward and a pull downward. While I love other beings, I also love solitude. And I need that time alone to really be the me that I’m here to be. The longer nights allow me to curl into a book or into dreamland, to shift my journeys from time with others to time with myself which is ultimately time with Spirit. That is my pull inward. My pull downward is the Earth calling me to melt into my surroundings. To fall into the All. While these pulls lead me to the same space, the journey to get there is different and I love them both.

With shorter days, it is easy to feel that darkness is taking over. But the night sky is full of tiny spots of light. I think of how far that light is traveling to enter not just my eyes but my whole being, and how we just have the one sun so bright during the day, but so many stars during the night. When I stand staring up, I feel the light that is me reaching out to those pinpricks of light across the night sky. I am not alone for I am not separate. We are all light.

Here’s an exercise to try whether you’re feeling harried, out of sorts, or want a reminder of your true self.
Take five minutes after dark to step outside.

Close your eyes and breathe into your physical body. Feel the edges of your physical body. Notice any and everything in this moment. Feel your feet connected to the earth below you.

Gently open your eyes and scan the skies slowly, noticing the many, many stars. Notice just how much light there is in the darkness. Pick one star, pause, and feel the journey of the light across the universe to reach you.

Close your eyes and feel a spark of light within you, breathe into that light, making it bigger, until it fills your entire being and shines out of you in all directions. Feel the light from the star you picked still pouring into you as you shine your light. Feel that you are the star. You are light. Revel in the light you are.

Gently breathe back into your physical body. Feel your feet connected to the earth below. Feel the air supporting you. Slowly open your eyes and notice what is the same and what is different.

May the light you are shine brightly!

Grasping Infinity

The limits of this physical world are nothing compared to the limits we create with our thoughts. If we create our reality with thoughts, it seems to me that most of us humans create limits in all aspects of reality.

I recently had the chance to talk to some 6th graders about mindfulness and lead them through some guided meditations. It was an exciting experience for me and so inspiring! Beforehand I asked what exposure these kids had to mindfulness or meditation, and was told to assume it was brand new for them. That gave me an idea of where to start, but I went to this talk open to support from my guides and trusting that I would have help knowing what would work best for this specific group of kids. I started off talking about how we spend a lot of time in our heads–thinking, thinking, and thinking about thinking. And I mentioned that we are electromagnetic beings and that if you measure the electromagnetic field (emf) of the brain and the emf of the heart, the heart is bigger. I asked the kids to guess how much bigger the heart emf is. Someone said two, someone else 100, someone else 500, and I just shook my head no with each guess. Then one kid in the back row laughingly guessed 5000 and I said bingo! They were all surprised, especially the kid who was correct. It was as though 5000 was so large, it was unimaginable.

Just before I was introduced I found out that most of these kids love their nonhuman animal friends. So after a few short guided meditations with breaks in between for the kids to share their experiences, I asked if they all had a dog or cat or horse or guinea pig. I think all but one kid had some nonhuman animal friend at home and the one who didn’t knew one who just didn’t live with her. I guided them through a heart to heart connection and we just sat with it. During our sharing, several kids expressed the same experience. One girl said it was not like it was human to dog or dog to human, it was all the same. One boy said that it was hard for him to describe. I mentioned that true knowing, knowing in, of, from the heart, is beyond words. Words are rather limiting and it can be very difficult to find words that express a rich and deep experience. After thinking on it a bit, he finally said that it was like the connection was being to being, but that it was more than that and they weren’t really words for it. These kids had an experience of the infinity that is the All. While we all sat there in our heart to heart connections, these kids were in the infinite Spirit for a few moments.

In quantum physics there is talk of infinity. And infinity is a facet of much of existence if we let it be. In every second, there are infinite possibilities. In each breath there is infinite healing. I’m pretty sure I could go on and come up with infinite examples. For these kids grasping that the heart emf is 5000 times bigger than the brain emf was difficult. But, by experiencing the heart to heart connection with a nonhuman animal friend, they actually grasped infinity beyond what many adults can grasp. With our thoughts creating limits, our words strengthening those limits, and with years and years of this, many of us adults cut off all possibilities but one in any given moment. We often cannot even manage to allow two possibilities.

Whether you have a regular meditation practice or not, just being aware of the limits we create and opening to infinity can drastically change your every day life. Unfurling like a flower to the sun, when we open to the infinite in each breath, each step, each thought, each task of the day, we are closer to the All. And with a little practice we are not just closer, we slip into the All.

Welcome to a new world, a world of infinite possibilities.