We all long to awaken our heart. But we don’t have total control. What we can control is the environment conducive to that awakening.

But without grace, the power of the universe to reveal your true nature, awakening the heart won’t happen.

After more than 3 decades of yoga practice, I’ve condensed the process into the 4 simple steps below.

Step 1: Open to the heart of the universe. You have to soften first in order to tune into the subtle whisper of the universe.

Step 2: Engage your heart by engaging with life. Stand up for yourself, for what you believe, for what you are passionate about. Don’t abandon yourself or reject yourself if you fail. Stay the course. Choose to transform your challenges into lessons and positive change opportunities. We are co- participators with Grace. It’s a dance between fate (what’s given to you) and destiny (what you do with it). How you engage makes all the difference.

Step 3: Align your heart with nature. Be in the flow of nature and in the flow of your life. How to align with nature in such a way that it uplifts yourself, others, and life around you. This step requires you to constantly get feedback from your surroundings and make the adjustments necessary to bring you into greater alignment.

Step 4: Express yourself fully. Don’t hold back. Offer your gifts to others and serve from your heart without attachment to the results.

When you are open to the heart of the universe, engaged with life, aligned with nature, and expressing your deepest heart desire, you are living from the awakened heart. And when you do that, you can’t help but be happy. Your happiness will light up the world.

In addition to the steps above, you need to cultivate a regular daily practice of yoga and meditation, go to weekly yoga classes, and a few times a year come to workshops or trainings to go deeper. I’ve found that awakening the heart does not happen by chance (unless you get lucky). Your heart is like a flower. You have to nurture it.