February was ‘Heart Month’…
(As you may have noticed our logo includes a heart ;o)
The Dictionary defines ‘heart’ in several ways. For us, there are three portions to this definition that truly speak to what is at the essence of our existence and what drives the ‘good’ in our world.
a) The center of the total personality, especially with reference to intuition, feeling, or emotion:
eg. ‘In your heart you know I’m an honest man.’
b) The center of emotion, especially as contrasted to the head as the center of the intellect:
eg. ‘His head told him not to fall in love, but his heart had the final say.’
c) Capacity for sympathy; feeling; affection:
eg. ‘His heart moved him to help the needy.’
The symbolic meaning of the heart has transcended language and cultural barriers. Throughout the world it is largely perceived as the representation of compassion, joy, and charity. It is in this representation that I believe is the foundation of what connects us all, and what inherently motivates beyond personal gain to help out others where we can.
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day – David Foster Wallace, This Is Water
So much time is spent on training and critiquing the mind – how to act appropriately, how to stay in control, how to follow the rules etc, etc, etc. A focus more over should be on following the heart; training ourselves to seek out and recognize what tugs on our heartstrings and satisfies us on that deeper level. Striving to obtain connection with that inner emotion which doesn’t come from logically thinking everything through and following the path set by this feeling could in so many ways improve the lives around us and heal our daily sorrows.
When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object – Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
As we leave this ‘heart’ month, try not to forget about these emotions that you feel coming straight from your heart. Harness them and remember to support those that are around you.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia