HEART CENTERED LUNCHING
By Caroline Elliott
RN, BScN, HTPA
For the last two years I have had the privilege of leading the lunchtime education session at Healing Touch California’s Annual Regional Symposium. Eating a great meal, catching up with friends, and having a meaningful discussion that meets the requirement for one
continuing education credit could be a challenge. But it wasn’t. It proved to be relevant, touching, powerful and informative. One
participant reported, “Listening and sharing our stories at our table was …very beautiful.”
Utilizing D. Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory allowed for this. This cyclic, holistic perspective of learning combines
concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization and active experimentation. “Do, Observe, Think and Plan.” That’s the brain part of the education event. The heart part of the session was super easy.
The theme of this year’s symposium was Healing from the Heart. We spent a very heart centered lunchtime discussing how we feel and know we are heart centered, what practices we do to live a heart centered life, and then shared examples of how we live a heart centered life. As each person shared they held a beautiful heart-shaped stone in their hands (These were later raffled off to raise money for the HT CA Scholarship Fund).
The mere act of holding the heart stone, setting our intentions and focusing on being heart centered facilitated the expansion of the heart. This was evident as I looked around the room to assess how this education session was going. As reported, when we are heart centered we feel expansive, peaceful, free, joyous and light of heart. Our thoughts are clear and communication goes smoothly. We are honest and free of judgment, fear and anxiety. Synchronistically, life flows easily. We find ourselves in the right place at the right time, and we laugh more often. Awareness of being present is very powerful. Most people reported daily practice keeps them heart centered. The higher vibration of being in nature, meditation, prayer or journaling, alternating with exercise and yoga, are vital. Of course, Healing Touch practices of balancing, opening, aligning and realigning the chakras though focus on the core star, hara
alignment, self chakra connection, and the heart lock assist us to live a heart centered life. Some also use singing bowls, bells, crystals and essential oils as tools.A guaranteed way to be heart centered, you reported, is to volunteer and be of service to others…live life with gratitude…be in the moment…imagine. Following is a full list of all the written answers that were reported during the break out session at the lunch event at Healing Touch California's 8th Annual Symposium. Note that the number of asterisks represent the number of times the same answer was given.
How do we feel and know we are heart centered?
What practices we do to live a heart centered life?
What are examples of living a heart centered life?