Most of us have been raised in cultures that value the head over the heart, logic over intuition and thought over inner knowing. As a result, we have lost touch with the inner voice that lets us know us who we are. We often listen to our mental dictates and beliefs instead of tuning in to the whisper of spirit through our heart. This physical habit can feel as ingrained as the way we breathe or walk. However, with effort and conscious awareness, we can shift our energy to our hearts, listening and responding from this much deeper, more resonant place.
Our analytical brain gives us a limited perspective-from the past. Like a computer, it can only download past files. The heart, however, taps creational energy, expands our spiritual point of view, and opens us to our present-oriented experience. When we listen to our heart, the hard driven brain softens, enabling us to perceive the interconnectedness that underlies everything.
Many people have asked me, “How do I distinguish between my head and my heart?” First, we must make an effort to nurture a more introspective relationship with ourselves. It’s often difficult to find time in our busy lives to spend time alone and listen inwardly. Yet, solitude and introspection assist us in opening our hearts, learning about ourselves and tuning in to our connection with a divine source. Spending time everyday for quiet reflection whether walking in nature, sitting in a garden, soaking in a bathtub or journaling is sacred space for ourselves.
Next, when sitting quietly touch the center of your chest and direct your attention from your head to your heart. Focus on the ebb and flow of your breathing. Breathe in light force energy and feel your heart expand with love and exhale negative thoughts and emotions. Observe the ricohet of thoughts that trigger your anxiety, let them move through your awareness and focus your attention to your heart. In this space, the heart whispers “I know’ instead of “I think,” “I trust” instead “I believe,” and “I create” instead of “I wait.”