“Living from the heart” ensures the quality of one’s life and happiness. It means to emanate your true essence, to be fully present and become the embodiment of love, equanimity and freedom.
When you “listen to your heart” you embrace your most pure and natural state, cultivating your ability to listen closely to the wisdom of your inner voice, as opposed to coming from a place of entitlement and ego.
We know that the heart does more than just pump blood – it has a ‘brain’ of its own, a mysterious way of knowing.
“Following our heart” involves listening to this ‘brain’ and paying attention to how we feel as it can sense and process information which can then be communicated directly to the cranial brain through a network of 40,000 “sensory neurons.”
How is this relevant to us as carers? When we are fearful or anxious or insecure our heartbeat starts to accelerate and sends a message to the brain to release hormones that direct the quality of our response at that precise time.
If we are able to change our heart rhythm we are able to change our emotional outlook and this will affect how we perceive, feel, think and perform. If we can do this it will be easier to overcome difficult situations and get back to our ‘normal state’.
The heart is the first organ to develop after conception and is one of the reasons why it is referred to as the seed of the soul. It has an electric field that is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain and has the ability to ‘mirror’ our inner emotions out into the world.
If we know this, and we know that everything is the energy it makes absolute sense that it is in our interest to deeply acknowledge the strength embedded in our hearts.
Everything is interconnected and so we are obliged to be in touch with our own heart intelligence (Personal Coherence) so that we can be of benefit to others (Social Coherence) and ultimately play our part in making this world a better place (Global Coherence).
This powerful energy that is limitless, expansive and ready to be harnessed for our greater good is connected to an infinite source of love and light. The mere knowledge of this enables us, as carers to find peace and harmony within ourselves, improve our social connections and fully embrace ‘heart-based living’
“Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” Joseph Campbell
One of my favourite tools is to focus on the heart during meditation – this is believed to be the most powerful way to change our own energy field.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mohandas Gandhi
Here are the guidelines I follow:
Step One: Begin by gently touching your heart with a flat palm or by using the mudra position. This will shift your awareness immediately from the thinking mind into the heart centre, as your attention will always go to the place in your body where you feel the touch or the sensation.
Step Two: Slow down breathing to signal feelings of safety and to release feelings of stress – this awakens the healing chemistry. Create the image that the heart is doing the breathing-
Step Three: Feel the feelings of care, appreciation, gratitude, compassion. Allow those feelings to penetrate your body, mind and soul.
As with all practices, it takes time to master these tools, and as we do that, it may be worthwhile to remember that…
Love is what we are born with
Fear is what we learn
The Spiritual Journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices
And the acceptance of love back in our hearts
Love is the essential reality
And our purpose on earth…