How to Have a Healthy Heart
Do you see your heart as merely a way to circulate your blood and keep you alive? Does thinking about your heart conjure up feelings of love and compassion? Do you believe it is the seat of your soul? Do you use it as your primary organ of perception through which you see and feel everything?
Your heart is all of these. In this series, you are going to learn more about your heart, what your heart has to tell you and how to keep it (and you) healthy.
The Wisdom of Your Heart
Your intellect (mind) exists to serve the wisdom of your heart. They work together to help you make the most of your life. When we know what is good for our heart, our minds can help to bring it into fruition.
The Heart Field
The heart, like the brain, generates a powerful electromagnetic field. Wondering which is more influential? The heart. Its electromagnetic field is 60 times greater in amplitude than that of the brain.
Have you ever been with a person who, just by their presence, makes you feel calm, peaceful and safe? What is happening? That person, who’s heart field is strong and stabilized (open, softened and compassionate), is entraining your heart.
The heart field itself is a profound instrument of healing. Healers often work by moving into resonance with our hearts to help us to heal.
Your heart can perceive more subtly and faster than your brain. There is an example used by the HeartMath Institute to demonstrate this. They had people all hooked up to see which perceived first, the brain or the heart. They flashed pictures of joy and sadness onto a computer screen and measured the results. The results showed that the heart reacted first. Even before the image reached the screen. (That’s another story!)
Keep your awakened heart open
Menopause has been called an invitation for us to awaken to our true selves. To heal the past and open our hearts to a more loving and meaningful now. How can we do this in the present moment and continue to live a life of loving-kindness?
In all wisdom traditions, it is known that practices such as stillness, meditation, prayer and choosing joy instead of fear are heart practices which, when done regularly, change our perceptions of our world.
When your emotions start to carry you away, be like bamboo in the breeze. Just notice and let them go through. Do not let them get stuck.
We are all connected. We are in the same soup. We all breathe the same air. There is no separation. When we practice loving kindness and gratitude, we get closer to feeling that what we do to ourselves and others has an affect on everything – yes, everything.
If you have found a stuck place, you may want to write down 5 things every day that you are grateful for. They can be related to the issue at hand or not. If you do this every day for 30 days, the charge around this particular person or event will greatly diminish or be completely gone. Your intention to resolve this place of concern is very powerful.
My friend and mentor, Linda Brill, taught me that if I want to make a decision from my mind, to put my hand on the side of my head and if I want to make a decision that comes from my heart, to put my hand on my heart. Try it and just notice the difference it makes to you and to others around you.
Cultivate loving and caring relationships
More than ever, we are aware of how important our relationships are to us. Remember the study of what dying people reported to be their biggest regrets? They all had to do with relationships with themselves and others.
Our connections to other people are the juicy and fulfilling parts of being human. Surround yourself with people who care about you and who you care about. And avoid the rest!
What changes of heart have you noticed? Please leave a comment to share with the other Girlfriends.