A Soulful Perspective
The “heart” has many meanings. First it is the physical heart, which we all know. We use “heart” in many expressions, like “living from the heart“, meaning possibly saying the truth, living your own truth, etc.
What I have found in my journey through life, in my journey with meditation and learning and experiencing different consciousness fields was that living from the heart is following my passions, following those things that make me smile, make me laugh, make me joyous, follow sometimes illogical things and paths that my mind might criticize or start being too cautious about.
For a long time I’ve lived mostly through my mind. Then I rebelled and almost demonized the mind :)…..the sweet mind. After reaching some maturity in the process called life, I now understand that the way of the heart does not exclude the way of the mind. They are both very important aspects of being a human being. One should not over-run the other. They are like two sides of a coin.
Aligning the heart and the mind is another interesting journey. Many say that the mind is more powerful, some say that the heart is more powerful. None of those perspectives seems truly balanced. So what is a true balanced heart? Maybe a true balanced heart knows how to listen to the mind.
Heart vs Mind
The mind revels with practical things. Here it’s an example: you have a dream you want to achieve “with all your heart”. Yet you have many thoughts like “It’s not the right time, I’ll do it later, I don’t have enough money, I’ll wait a bit, maybe a better offer will come along”, etc. Then you postpone doing that until you forget you even wanted it. And we lose ourselves most of the times in thoughts that lead us nowhere.
The heart on the other hand does not always consider the practicalities of the world. When you just want what you want, even there is no logical justification for it. When we follow this we sometimes get caught in impulsivity. The heart houses our feelings. And feelings are actually built by numerous, countless thoughts. Therefore, the heart and the mind will always be connected.
Once we can see that, we can look within ourselves and check: What rules me more (in a certain situation)? My mind (e.g. logic, reasons, thoughts) or my heart (emotions, feelings)?
Calming the mind will eventually lead to a calm heart and vice versa. Calm the mind with laughter, meditation, chanting, running, yoga or whatever you consider relaxing. Heal the heart with Love.
The Body heals with Play.
The Mind heals with Laughter .
The Spirit heals with Joy.
So how do we find the balance between our heart and our minds?
The balance between the heart and the mind is within us. To notice that we are not our thoughts and we are not our feelings. Once we truly get this, all that remains is our intention, our purpose, our word, our motivation.
The balance between heart and mind, is to accept them both but identify with neither of them.
Intention is key. And intention is given by the Heart. Ask yourself: letting go all thoughts and feelings (about a particular aspect you are dealing with), what is your intention, what do you want to experience, what do you want to accomplish, what is your motivation, what do you want to create?
The answer can give you enough will power to actually just start living your life from your Heart.
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