MVLC Director of Music Ministries Susan Bloomfield’s devotion for Wednesday, May 13.
I, like many of you I’m sure, have been struggling with feeling disconnected during this time. These feelings of disconnectedness can arise from a variety of sources such as fear, grief, or separation from friends and family. Disconnection can manifest in many ways, such as feeling irritated or angry, being more judgmental of others, or having trouble communicating thoughts and feelings. When I am feeling disconnected, I notice that energy has shifted from my body—where I feel grounded, to my head—where it bounces around and can spin out of control. An effective way I have learned to break the cycle of disconnectedness is to intentionally bring my energy back down to my body—specifically to the heart.
I would like to share two different techniques I use to reconnect.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I use music to help me reconnect. You probably have one or two songs you turn to when you’re feeling a certain way. One of my favorite chants is by sacred musician, Ana Hernández. Listening to this piece (usually multiple times!) helps bring energy back to my heart and makes me feel more grounded and able to connect with others: https://youtu.be/k-BDAS5DYa4
Guided Meditation (adapted from Deepak Chopra)
- Begin by sitting in a comfortable position and close your eyes.
- Allow yourself to be in this moment and let go of your thoughts and the outside world.
- Focus your attention on your spiritual heart center, in the middle of your chest, and visualize your heart being bathed in light.
- Resting your attention on your heart center, breathe gently and sense your breath flowing into your heart.
- Let your breath go in and out, and as it does, ask your heart what it needs to say. Don’t phrase this as an order; just have the faint intention that you want your heart to express itself.
- For the next 5 or 10 minutes, sit and listen. Your heart will begin to release emotions, memories, wishes, fears, and dreams long stored inside.
- You may have a flash of strong emotion—positive or negative—or a forgotten memory. Your breathing may change. You may gasp, sigh, or feel tears come into your eyes. Let the experience be what it is. If you daydream or drift off into sleep, don’t worry. Just bring your attention back to your heart center.
- When you feel ready, open your eyes and conclude with a cleansing breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
For me, both of these techniques are meditative and a way to enter into kairos time—the place where God exists in “the everlasting instant;” and focusing on the heart, specifically, brings to mind the incarnational mystery of Christianity. God became human, with the same thoughts, fears, and emotions we all have. God invites us to become our whole selves—connected to heaven, earth, and everyone around us.
Image: “Two Holy Women in Prayer, 1455, by Andrea Mantegna. Public domain.