Connecting through our hearts
In compassion-based mindfulness we practice stimulating our soothing, caring and contentment system to promote feelings of safety, connectedness, being cared-for and trusted.
This practice helps to counter balance the effects of our ‘threat’ system by releasing oxytocin - the hormone involved with bonding, trusting and generosity. This helps to counter-balance or reduce our stress response and anxiety.
Settle your mind, ground yourself in the body and rest in awareness [see previous TIPS];
Take your hands to your heart or give yourself a self-hug;
Notice any sensations (or no sensations), feelings, thoughts that arise from this touch and connection. Rest within this experience for some moments.
TIP – there’s no right / wrong experience, just notice what’s there for you in your experience.