Did you know that you have a choice to live from your heart instead of just your head? You do! Sadly, we have somehow been convinced that living from our heart is foolish, unwise, or weak. But look where living from our heads has gotten us. We are an advanced intellectual society who has forgotten how to love and care for each other. We have forfeited Goodness for the sake of our intellect.
Science is beginning to discover the importance of harmony between our hearts and our minds. It turns out that the two are closely linked and that our health and well-being is largely dictated by how well we manage to keep them in harmony. These patterns of heart and head communication are being studied at the HeartMath Institute. Doctor Childre is the founder of HeartMath and this is what he has to say about the hesitance of some to live in harmony with their hearts.“First, consider that for some people, the mind controls much of their lives, despite the intuitive nudging they constantly receive from the heart. The mind dictates their understanding, actions, reactions and decisions, based largely on learned response patterns, which seem to have a lock on their lives. Time and again, the heart seeks to intervene, to offer advice – but quite often the mind overrides that advice. We see this in the way some individuals treat or act around others, expecting the stereotypes they have created through their own or others’ past experience, despite what their hearts are telling them. We see it in relationships that falter because one individual ‘has been there before and doesn’t want to be hurt again,’ despite a strong feeling to listen to the heart and not the head. And we see it in persons whose habitual response to stressful situations is intense anger, despite knowing in their hearts that their behavior is destructive to themselves and their loved ones. All of these are examples of a failure at critical moments to rely on or connect with the qualities of the heart: compassion, love, care and courage among many others, all of which are at the core of heart-based living. ” HeartMath founder Doc Childre explains: “Heart-based living refers to all intentions and actions that express qualities of the heart in daily life. These heart qualities can include things like appreciating or caring for others, expressing kindness to those around you and giving back by volunteering to work with others to relieve suffering in humans or animals and to help the planet.” Throughout history, people have said to follow your heart. “Why?” Childre asks. “Because people instinctively know that their heart’s intuition yields the highest outcome – often at the expense of the mind’s opinions, preferences and habits.” “Heart-based living is about including your heart’s intuition as you navigate through life’s relationships and events. This brings balance to your mind and emotions and unfolds your authentic self.” – Doc Childre, founder of HeartMath
Over the next few weeks we will be talking about how to listen to your heart, how to see from your heart and how to act from your heart. This way of living does not dismiss the important information that the mind contributes, but it enhances it. For instance, your mind can only tell you how a person presents, but your heart can help you see them for who they truly are. Your mind will tell you to reject situations that pose a risk, but your heart can give you insight on when it is reasonable to take a risk.
Living in harmony – heart and head – moves you toward your AUTHENTIC SELF! A real person in the real world. Now that is something worth reaching for because that person can make real change!
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Consider the ways of your own heart. Cultivate and give time to its sense of "knowing".