Living from the heart. What does this mean? Another expression “living wholeheartedly.” I love Brene Brown, she has done several great works on this subject of living wholeheartedly and authentically. But what does it look like, this wholehearted living?
I will try to flesh this out in the way that I have been working on. The Word courage actually has at the root of it “Heart”. Middle English (denoting the heart, as the seat of feelings): from Old French corage, from Latin cor ‘heart.’ So we know that courage takes heart. It has meant for me to moving forward despite the way I am feeling. Courage does not mean that I am not afraid but that I continue on my path despite my fears.
The bible tells us that “perfect love casts out fear” 1John 4;18. So, it is impossible to experience love when we are in a state of fear. Courage is an act of faith, to move forward despite our fears. It takes courage and faith to believe you are not dying of cancer when the doctors tell you that you have six months to live.
Much of this courage begins with thought and intention. Humans are the only created being that have the ability to observe thought. That means we can think about what we are thinking about. We also have the ability to police those thoughts.
When I was first told I had six months to live, I sat one day and made a list of every negative, fatalistic thought that I had. I memorized it and place it before myself so any time I had one of those thoughts, I recognized it and chased it from my mind. I replaced it with prayers and healing intentions for myself. This went on hundreds of times a day, in the beginning. In time, I found I had less and less of those thoughts to chase.
I spend nearly a half and hour a day when I am in a dreamy state before I get up and and I do my work. My true work. I pray and meditate on my good health and healing intentions for my body. I chase fear, I invite in love and light and express extreme gratitude for another day. This time I spend is extremely important and it helps me to be fortified from within before I begin my day. I am not in a particular position but I do practice breathing and listening to my breath.
In this state I envision and experience health with my thoughts and my emotions. I express my gratitude for the simplest things: my body, my mind, my family, my husband, children, food, shelter. I ask for nothing just gratitude for what I have. I experience joy and contentment. Here and now.
Living from the heart is rare. People often say I am brave, if that means being authentic and genuine then yes, I am brave. I guess I put a lot “out there” and express openly what others would not. At times it does feel risky but it is mostly out of an attempt to help someone who may be in a dark and fearful place. To give them hope and potentially show them a way out. I have been in dark places myself and I know how scary it can be to be alone with bad thoughts and intentions towards myself. I spent many years there. But those years have given me much compassion and understanding.
Living from the heart is healthy. I believe it is what we were created to do. To experience love and express love freely. It is mainly negative experiences that cause us to wall ourselves off. And with some folks who have proven themselves to be untrustworthy with our hearts, it is right to do. I was not created to be anyone’s doormat. Neither were you. But I was created to be a welcome mat and there is a HUGE difference!!
I will share one of my favorite talks here: