Gratitude and the Heart Chakra

It seems like yesterday that I wrote the Thanksgiving letter for 2015. This year I have traveled to many different parts of the world only to find more amazing people, great food and love.  I am so grateful for the opportunity that Polestar provides me to travel to lands near and far.  I have often said that I don’t remember what I taught in one city or the other, but the people and the energy are always remembered.

This year has been a year filled with many challenges around the world, including an increase in terrorism, natural disasters and political chaos.  I imagine if we are fully absorbed in the chaos and terror that the world experiences we often will miss the beautiful parts of life and humanity surrounding us every day.  This holiday season, no exception to others, is a great time to reflect on all of the amazing things happening around us like people serving others in need, artists creating stimulating art,  music to bring others joy, researchers discovering new findings that will improve the quality of life and the simple acts of falling in love.

The heart chakra, called Anahata in Sanskrit, is often the focus of my meditation.  The color is emerald green and consists of 4 sutras to my recollection.  The first sutra is PEACE.  Peace is an individually obtained attribute.  It is when one makes the decision internally to find peace in self and in humanity.  The second sutra is HARMONY.  Harmony is where multiple individuals resonate similar attributes, like peace.  The third sutra of the heart is LAUGHTER.  I don’t think of this in an irreverent way but rather a manner in which we don’t take ourselves so serious that we can’t find humor in our mistakes.  I believe this also means not being easily offended.  Lastly is the fourth sutra of the heart chakra, LOVE.  I was taught this is an unconditional love.  When we learn to love our neighbor merely for the sake of being our neighbor we begin to understand God’s love for all of His children.  I am saddened by the hate rhetoric that has recently been rekindled, and even though I believe in freedom of speech, I believe more in unconditional love.  There is no race, creed, culture, religion, ethnicity that does not deserve unconditional love.

It is my prayer and wish this year that we reflect on the four heart s sutras in each of our personal lives, that we might find internal peace, that we might have someone to share it with in perfect harmony, that we might enjoy laughter and joy and most importantly that we might share unconditional love with others who we normally would not.  May God bless us this holiday season with moments of joy and deeper understanding of the 4 heart sutras.

With love and health,


One Reply to “Gratitude and the Heart Chakra”

  1. Dearest Brent,

    Thank you for your beautiful blog message. Another amazing affirmation and reminder which I shall mindfully and humbly embrace during the upcoming holiday season and throughout this new year to follow. Your message to us all resonates so strongly within me at this exact point in my life, on a far more personal, much deeper level of self introspection and humility. Thank you for taking the time to write this blog and for teaching me things not only from a Pilates continued education aspect, but also from, and for, a continued personal spiritual growth point of view. So grateful for everything you share and do to improve our overall state of mind and wholistic body wellness and awareness…..Even whilst I sit here on the opposite side of the world I am still able to learn from you every day, and having the opportunity to experience all of these elements of knowledge, guidance and teachings from you is such a priceless gift to me. Thank you always, Ianthe Basson. Cape Town, South Africa – ( 6:40am Saturday 26 November 2016.)

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