Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom): an understanding that transcendence has nothing to do with escaping the world or your own self. [All it means is stepping out and dancing your own heart-dance right out in the open, in the middle of the world and in the middle of yourself.]
“Listening to your heart” often seems like a scary thing. Your heart keeps insisting that you just have to do things that are counter-intuitive and not-the-thing — the very opposite of what everybody around you says is the Smart Thing To Do.
Your heart often keeps urging you to make these moves that make no rational sense, insisting and insisting that the very thing you are trying to ignore or avoid or resist has to be embraced.
Your heartsong, it turns out, is also what holds you together when your life turns to dreck and you have been knocked down to the floor again by some other Life-thing. Not only does it help you get back up, it can even help you keep your feet under you the next time you get a 2×4 upside the head.
This seems to me to be a very good thing to explore when you’re searching for meaning and mana for your ordinary life.
THE POWER OF THE HEART
In this YouTube video of a TEDxRockCreekPark talk, “The Power of Resilience,” neuro-psychologist Sam Goldstein tells a story about his work with children and touches on some of the things that his patients have taught him. His early work with children led him to focus on studying resilience in humans, his life-work.
Resilience researchers ask why some people handle adversity better than others and go on to lead normal lives despite negative life experiences while others get de-railed by them. Goldstein is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah, a Research Professor of Psychology at George Mason University and the director of the Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center in Salt Lake City in Utah. He’s written many books and articles on the subject.
Goldstein’s own work has led him to understand that it is the ordinary, heartful actions of everyday people that fosters and instill in childen the strength, hope and optimism they need to face the world. It is, as he calls it, an “ordinary magic.”
He also points out that our heart is connected to our brain in more ways than any other organ in our body. It affects us physically and mentally as well. He encourages us to listen more to our hearts.
In this YouTube video published by the HeartMath Institute, “The Importance of Resilience” further explains the real effects of the heart-mind connection, applying it to the business world.
HeartMath Institute is a nonprofit research and educational organization founded in the 1980’s by Doc Childre, an internationally known authority on optimizing personal effectiveness. He believes that the “intelligence of the heart” can be harnessed and originated a system of “heart-based tools and technologies” that has been used widely in business, the military, hospitals, clinic and schools to enhance health, performance and well-being.
Another scientist (one who’s turned mystic) is Gregg Braden. He spends his time exploring ancient wisdoms from a scientific perspective, sharing what he has discovered on his journeys and his thoughts on these discoveries.
This next YouTube video, published by philosophical freeborder in 2015, features Braden talking about how the emotions of the human heart can apparently affect the electromagnetic field of the earth in a GAIAM TV interview.
The thinking’s “out there.” It’s also fascinating.
Braden’s book, RESILIENCE FROM THE HEART: The Power to Thrive in Life’s Extremes, is also worth checking out.
From the ancient wise guys to modern-day big brains, the advice remains the same: Listen to your heart. That’s where the magic is.
Here’s a poem:
CARING FOR THE ESSENCES
I am learning:
The wiseguys are right.
It really does NOT matter
What happens to me.
The only thing important
Is my response.
Building up and tearing down,
I wade through the stream of Time
And dance in the Creative
As I work on caring for
What is essential to me on
This journey I am making.
Caring for the essences of my existence
Keeps me hopping,
But on the stage
The dancer leaps with abandon,
Throwing out her heart
And following after it as
The beauty of the dance
Continues to grow.
by Netta Kanoho
Header photo credit: “Sunny Sunday Mornings” by Chris Chabot via Flickr [CC BY-NC 2.0]
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