My Wednesday Theme is Heart & Soul.
Often referred to as Humpday, Wednesday is considered the day in which we must surmount in order to make it to the weekend. In an attempt to brighten the reputation of Wednesdays, I use this day as an opportunity to check in and assess if what I am feeling, thinking and doing is aligned with the intention I set at the beginning of the week.
Another reason for the Wednesday Theme of Heart & Soul is Wednesday’s parallel position as the fourth day of the week to the heart as the fourth chakra.
This is the day that I try to refocus and restore my energy back to where I want it to be and reemphasize my self-care practices. I have done this deliberately because my days tend to pass quickly and I find it easy to be pulled off centre and sucked into the busyness of the week. I am trying to use Wednesdays as a day to reclaim my week.
Reconnecting with what is important to me and to the people around me is a huge aspect of this Wednesday Theme. I try to be extra patient with myself and others especially because I can feel my energy waning slightly by this point in the week. Before I used to become critical of myself if I was off track, which tended to block my energy and stunt my workflow. Now I allow myself to be more spacious and dreamy. This has dramatically improved my sense of self, allowing me to feel more inspired and solution oriented. This has also increased my productivity and given me more courage to take action steps, regardless of how small, toward my goals.
Heart & Soul Chakras
Chakras are energy centres located along the spine that have specific physiological, psychological and emotional functions.
The Heart Chakra, known as Anahata in Sanskrit, is responsible for love, self-love, compassion, understanding, and forgiveness. It is also responsible for the physical heart, circulation, and respiration. Anahata is about what gives us life, and what gives us love. Being mindful of this and releasing the thoughts, actions, and people that take away from our life and drain our energy is hugely liberating for the heart and soul. (See Letting Go Exercise below)
I also believe our Wednesday Theme is linked to the Crown Chakra (Sahasrara), which is about our connection to each other and to Spirit or the divine. It is our sense of belonging, value, and purpose. This keeps us on track.
Author Gabrielle Bernstein‘s books have given me much food for thought. She discusses how being critical and judgemental of ourselves and others causes us to feel separate and alone. When things go stray in my mind or in my day, I think about Bernstein’s prayer and affirmation about fear: “I recognize that I have chosen fear, and I choose again. I choose Love.”
TaI recently read two fantastic books on love: Love by Leo Buscaglia and The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Buscaglia summarizes the best ways in which to enrich the heart and soul is through acts of love. He writes: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Chapman further discusses expressions of love by distinguishing five different “love languages”: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, Physical Touch, and Gift Giving. He says that people tend to feel most loved when they receive love in their primary love language. (Take the 5 Love Language test to find out what your love language is.)
Ok, back to our Wednesday Theme…
Wednesday Theme Heart & Soul Questions:
- How can I restore my energy, focus, and inspiration today?
- What am I curious about? What do I want to explore?
- Going deeper (for the courageous hearts)… Who was I before my heart was broken?
- What can I forgive and let go of?
- How can I serve others and how can I show my love and gratitude?
- How can I put more heart into what I am doing today?
Wednesday Theme Heart & Soul Actions:
- Reconnect with your intention for the week;
- Review your affirmations or write out new ones (See Affirmations to Create the Best Day Every Day)
- Take time for deep breathing and oxygenate your body and mind. This can be done through breathing exercises (pranayama) and/or through cardiovascular exercise;
- Practice self-care today, especially if you weren’t able to prioritize it earlier in the week. Examples: yoga before everyone else wakes up (Access my 20 mins Yoga Basics video); go on a solo date to a coffee shop, restaurant or to the spa; get a massage or osteopathic treatment; do the self-massage practice; take a bath; relax;
- Work on the Heart Chakra and also on the Crown Chakra (See Chakra Balancing);
- Express gratitude. Say thank you, send a card to someone, give someone else credit and be complementary;
- Connect to people more. Listen with your full attention, love, smile, and look into people’s eyes;
- Daydream in your favourite café or hygge corner at home and journal (See 20 Life-Changing Questions & How to Create a Hygge Corner by Blogger Deanna Piercy)
- Read or listen to something that uplifts your spirit and opens your heart (See 10 Great Personal Development Books)
- Do the Letting Go exercise to release stress and pent-up emotions: Write out everything that is going on (good, bad, happy or sad) and then burn the paper. This really works!
- Catch up on sleep so you have more energy for the rest of the week. Try to get to bed before 11pm.
Do you have any other suggestions for a Wednesday Theme? Or perhaps any other ideas on how to reconnect with your heart and soul? If yes, please post your ideas below!
- Daily Theming to Enhance Joy & Wellbeing
- Letting Go during Difficult times
- Balancing the Chakras
- Stress Management with Pranayama & Three-Part-Breathing