The Heart Wash is a guided imagery activity designed to activate the imagination to “wash away” any tension in your heart area. When the heart area feels open and expansive, we experience deep relaxation. The Heart Wash helps you let go of tense feelings. We will use our imagination to do it. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Play the sound of a gentle running brook in the background for added effect.
Close your eyes, allow your attention to flow like a river down to your heart space. Breathe slowly in, counting one. ..two. . .three.. Hold your breath and count to 3. Now slowly let the breath out, counting to 3 as you exhale. Now repeat. Breathe in, one. . .two. . .three. Hold your breath one. . .two. . .three. Breathe out, one. . .two. . .three. Now imagine that this river is flowing through your heart space. It washes away stuck feelings (pause), tightness (pause), yucky thoughts (pause), old ideas (pause), tension (pause). It is flowing calm and smooth, like melting ice flowing like a river out of the mountains in the spring. Melting away every little bit of tension there. Ahhhh, good. Allow this river to gently flow. As it flows, hear the soft bubbling of running water. It feels so good. You are feeling so relaxed and your heart area feels open and calm. Breathe in. (Pause). Breathe out. (Pause).
Gently bring your hands up to cover your eyes. You can open your eyes when you are ready.
Variation: Add some stretches that support opening the heart space:
Fish Pose (Matsyasana)
Camel Pose (Ustrasana)