What is the heart?

What is your heart? Not the physical part of your body–though that is rather mysterious and wonderful in itself–but the thing we all mean when we say things like, “that touched my heart.”  When we talk about ourselves, or refer to ourselves, we tend to put a hand on our chest. It is interesting that, even though most of us feel as if we are living life out of our heads, when we point to ourselves or another, we point to the heart.

Many think of it as the seat of the soul, the place where we are most truly ourselves.

People really can have a broken heart. Sometimes life situations can cause temporary heart failure.

The heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect on brain function – influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.he more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect – it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. The heart is the most powerful source of electromagnetic energy in the human body, producing the largest rhythmic electromagnetic field of any of the body’s organs. The heart’s electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain. This field, measured in the form of an electrocardiogram (ECG), can be detected anywhere on the surface of the body. Furthermore, the magnetic field produced by the heart is more than 100 times greater in strength than the field generated by the brain and can be detected up to 3 feet away from the body, in all directions

The problem is, you have lost your heart. An entire world has been created where people are heart-less. What has happened to the heart? It is now despised, ridiculed, ignored, and suppressed. Rational thinking and logic –the province of the mind— are supposed to prevail, but what have they brought us? Only war, the rape of the planet, hatred, supposed self-interest. Examine that self-interest and see how logical it is…

People become greedy and self-centered. They also become fearful and paranoid. They consume, try to live up to the standards of others, hate, and even kill in the name of self-interest. Yet what is the outcome? Rampant poverty, anorexia, a host of mental illnesses, a planet that can no longer support healthy life, misery, broken relationships, and inability to truly enjoy life— the list goes on and on. How is this self-interest?

The brain is a computer, a gadget that is handy to be sure, but do we want it running our lives?

Now, there is the heart. Scientists will tell you that the physical heart is more than we ever thought it was. it has neurons, it truly does react to emotions, it is wise. Our overly-competitive culture denigrates the need for emotion, intuition, decisions based on caring for others. Yet, decisions based on the heart are what we need to make life now, and in the future, a livable place. The heart is the seed of life, of magic, of soul, of love— use whatever word makes you happy  or connects with you, but it’s all the same in the end. The heart speaks not in words, but in sensations, in symbols, in urges, in meaning so deep it cannot interpreted in human language. The heart is your connection to the all-one, the universe, the divine, the truth, reality.

The heart is not in the game. The head is, but the heart knows better.

Listen for a moment. Listen carefully to your heart. Feeling into it. Feel into the energy in the center of your chest. Start with your physical heart beating. Pay close attention. Feel it, hear it dive into it. Then go deeper. It sings to you, it has a fragrance, it has a feeling, it has a sound. You won’t hear words most likely, you will only hear you. At first when you pay attention to your heart, you may cry, or laugh, or both. This may return when you are quiet again later. Let it happen. Let your heart speak to you of all of its secrets, of everything you have hidden there, of its treasure.

When the heart speaks, start paying attention. it may urge you to take an umbrella on a day it will rain. It may cause you to go back for something and save you from an accident. It may have you take a different route so you can see a sight of extraordinary beauty that changes your whole feeling for the day. It may urge you to hug a friend who was about to give up. It may whisper to stop seeing a friend who drains your energy. It may shout for you to go on a vacation or go to a spa or to take some action that will be to take care of you. It may nudge you to pet your cat, walk your dog, water your plant, or stop what you are doing and pay attention to your child.

The heart is your internal GPS system. It always knows best. You must learn to hear it, practice feeling it, treasure it, and do what it says.

Exercise to hear your heart:

Today, take time to stop and listen to your heart. When you need to make a choice, be still for a moment, place your hand on your heart, and concentrate on what you feel. See if you feel any leadings to take an action, or to stay still. Check in with your heart throughout the day. Are you living a life in line with your heart?

Are you having trouble connecting with your heart? Let our Coaching Services help you tune in to what your heart is trying to tell you.

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