This score is not mine, i didn’t invent it, but have been busy with it and feel it so strongly that wanted to share.
At first it was like a puzzle i caught glimpses of understanding before it slide away.
Then it became something i turned to when feeling pressure and stress. It became a puzzle of navigating these moments with a resting heart not need to push from or close off my heart.
More recently i find myself discovering and leaning into an expansive quality found through the practice, a place of openness and ease that leads towards the sublime.
And even more recently i found myself staying with this score while experiencing a rather extreme but non life threatening allergic reaction...
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen explained in her online spring 2021 Heart workshops that we can allow and encourage our hearts to rest on our lungs. She explains this is different from leading/pushing with the heart or closing our hearts off.
sense your lungs. feel the breath space from the top of your clavicle to the bottom of your ribs.
with your right hand make a fist. place it between your breasts slightly left of center.
your heart is roughly the size of your fist and your heart is roughly here.
breath and rest
rest your fist on your chest and
envision your heart resting on your lungs
like your fist rests on your chest
or a purring cat rests in a sunbeam on the couch
or how in a calm sea it is possible to lean back, face the sky and stop,
stop swimming, stop treading water, just float.
to do this you must let go and trust,
trust the buoyancy of your body in the sea
and trust the support of your lungs, your breath