One of the most incredible exercises I personally completed during the Moms Wear Capes filming was my Heart Map.
Courtney Lynn Harris has done a LOT of work in self-development, yoga teaching and training, and working as a therapist to families and teens.
Courtney showed me her heart map from her personal journal before we filmed and I pled with her to share the exercise with our audience.
Here it is:
What is a “heart map?”
It’s a representation of YOU!
It’s a creative activity that helps you reflect on important parts of who you are.
It helps you reflect upon the following questions:
- Who is most important to you?
- What is most important to you?
- What are experiences that have been powerful in your life?
- What are memories do you hold dear?
Let’s get started…
- Consider a variety of writing and coloring supplies. Select what you are most drawn to today. Markers? Colored pencils? Pens? Pencil?
- Consider the paper you’d like to use. Do you prefer color? White? A notebook? Loose paper?
Draw your “heart!”
- This doesn’t have to be in a heart shape! Is there another shape that more closely represents you? A soccer ball, a trumpet, a camera, a surfboard, etc.
- Be sure it’s big enough to write/draw inside of.
Fill your “heart!”
- You may choose to use words or symbols to name what is in your heart.
Other things to consider:
- Are there people/experiences/memories you want to let go of or leave outside of your heart? Consider writing/drawing these outside of your heart.
- Leave your heart for a day, come back to it, and see if there’s anything else you’d like to add!
- If you’re stuck, see my example below or google “heart map” and browse images.
Since I’m always breaking rules, I decided to include things I *didn’t* want inside my heart. I keep my heart map in front of my desk where I choose to look at it (and the bad things) daily.
This helps me not only remember all the things and phrases I love, but it also helps me prepare my heart for if and when I hear things that I don’t want inside my heart.
I’ve rewired my brain to hear those nasty things and turn them into powerful phrases of love.
- If somebody calls me a whore, I hear, “I’m jealous”.
- If somebody tells me to “shhhh…”, I know that they’re insecure.
- If somebody tells me I’m unworthy of my job or business, I tell myself that they’re nervous I’ll outshine them.
Here’s my “beefed up” heart map. (I promised on camera I’d share, so here you go!)