Posted by: Zane Maser | May 1, 2013

SWEET, SWEET HEART

Matters of the heart are the heart of the matter.

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Several interesting “heart” messages have passed through my life in the last few days. It seems when a key issue of life is ripe for a broader interpretation than the comfortable perception and habitual response we typically engage, all kinds of synchronistic events cross our path. The awakening whistles and flashing lights arrive! New pathways beckon, whether they are consciously creating patterns of new circuitry in our brain or the great courage it may take to learn new skills in an intensely demanding volunteer position.

One of my amazing heart coincidences was the timely arrival of Carolyn Myss’s April Salon, where she writes about “Habitus Maximus: The Greatest Habits Of Your Heart.” She describes these guiding habits of our heart and soul as those that lead us to become “a congruent or whole human being.” They are the habits of “who you really are by God’s design.” She further notes they must be continuously maintained.1

Last Saturday night, as a prelude to the movie, “The Impossible,” I learned about “The Happy Hearts Fund,” originally created for the children affected in the massive 2004 tsunami (triggered by an Indian Ocean earthquake), which ultimately morphed into an organized effort to help rebuild the shattered lives and hope of children after natural disasters.2 It was created by Petra Němcová, who was at a coastal resort in Thailand with her fiancé when the tsunami hit. He drowned, and she was badly injured. After her own intensive recovery, she returned to Thailand to witness the enormity of families without homes, children without parents, and entire communities that had been swept away. The Happy Hearts Fund was her own heart’s response to the thousands in desperate need.

How many of us stop long enough to listen to the words
of our heart? How many of us even think to thank
our heart daily for its splendid, silent service
to our body and life every second of every day?

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A heart-savvy friend sent me a fabulous book from the Institute of HeartMath, which is an international organization “dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives.”3 Promptly devouring the book4 a few days ago, I’m having a whole new heart experience. Several times a day, I stop to put my right hand over my heart area and then breath a few gentle, deeper intakes of air, slowing the pace of the day, while remembering what truly matters.

This is the first step of the HeartMath® formula after recognizing that one’s “stress button” has been activated. It’s a refreshing, quiet pause to shift into and tap our heart consciousness, since “heart” comes from the Latin cor—the core or center of the body. The Old English heorte expands the meaning to include not only the heart but also the breast, soul, spirit, will, desire, courage, and mind. Spiritually, the heart has its own heaven-centered mind—the place of full-fillment in all ways, on all levels. Connecting with and breathing into the spark of the Divine present in our heart, we are connecting “as below” with “so above.” We move toward the congruence and wholeness described by Carolyn Myss and toward what HeartMath® calls “coherence.”

My heartbeat beats in the Divine.
The Divine Heartbeat beats in mine.

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Astrologically speaking, the Sun-ruled Leo, with its zest for life, is the zodiac sign that signifies anatomic rulership over the cardiac system, the back, spinal cord, and sides of the body. Known as the “master control center,” the heart is the dominant organ of the body. In fact, the electromagnetic signal of the heart has about fifty times more amplitude than the next biggest generator—the brain. Moreover, the signals from the heart can be measured about eight feet from the body, while the brain’s signals must be measured at or near the brain’s surface.5

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As well, consider the heart to be an unerring intuitive compass, because all answers arise inwardly. “You should carefully observe the way toward which your heart draws you,” the philospher Martin Buber once observed, “then choose this way with all your strength.” Thus, being in union with our essential Self, we tread the Path of Divine Heart. The Leo experience, when emphasized in a natal birth chart, so often speaks of learning and opportunities that are associated with the 4th chakra—the heart, which is considered the central powerhouse of the body’s subtle, energy system. “Everything in and about our lives runs off the fuel of our hearts,” Caroline Myss tells us.

So, to get at the heart of the matter and access our body’s magnificent powerhouse, here are the steps of the HeartMath® process to de-activate our typical stress reaction and then to write new patterns of coherent response:

Shift your focus to the area of the heart and breathe slowly and deeply—five seconds in and five seconds out—through your heart for two to three rounds.

Activate a genuine feeling of appreciation or care for someone or something in your life [which can include for the physical heart itself].

Send these feelings of appreciation or care toward yourself and others.

Sustain these appreciative feelings and attitudes in a Heart Lock-In for five minutes or longer. The longer you can do this and hold it, the better it is for you and your system. You’re learning to sustain coherence [attaining harmony throughout the body and mind].6

I’ve been using this process for only a few days, but already I’m feeling the essence of my sweet, sweet heart. My overall gratitude increases—and my resistance lessens—with each little heart tune-in. The more I appreciate, the more beautiful all of life becomes. My beauty receptors are expanding. My hope is you will try it too and step into the power and guidance of your own precious heart.

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The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Buddha

Our heart always transcends us.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Because God has made us for Himself,
our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.
Augustine of Hippo

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples;
no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain,
our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts.
Albert Einstein

One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go,
one soon loses control of the head too.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth
of a wise man is in his heart.
Benjamin Franklin

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes.
Because for those who love with heart and soul
there is no such thing as separation.
Rumi

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Related Posts:

• New Heart, Clean Slate

• Be of Understanding Heart

• Compassion On the Day of Love

• Soften the Heart

• Sharing Heals the Heart

• Oskar: A Heart-Opening World Ambassador

• Gratitude Consciousness

• Self-Acceptance Heals the World

• The High Calling of Royal Leo


Endnotes:

1. http://www.myss.com/CMED/learning/salon.asp

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Hearts_Fund

3. http://www.heartmath.org/about-us/about-us-home/about-ihm.html.

4. Bruce C. Wilson, MD and Doc Childre. 2006. The HeartMath® Approach to Managing Hypertension. New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

5. Ibid. Page 91 lists the amazing connections between the heart and brain.

6. Ibid. See Chapters 9 and 10.


Text © by Zane Maser, 2013. First and last photos of hearts © by Zane Maser, 2013. All other heart photos from Wikimedia Commons. The rainbow heart symbol is © Nevil Dilman from Wikimedia Commons. All rights reserved worldwide.

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My editorial guru and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my delightful husband.


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