In honor of Valentines Day coming up this weekend,
let’s focus on heart health!
“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the
barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”
We have a heart to pump blood (and thereby deliver oxygen and nutrients) to every part of our body.
It’s function is absolutely critical to life.
The heart is composed of a mass of muscle cells who’s function is to work together to deliver the *energy* of blood to our entire organism.
But what is the one thing your heart needs in order to do all this, in order to function at all?
It’s strength is it’s flexibility.
If your heart is boxed in, walled up, protected… it’s not flexible at all.
It can’t work.
It will eventually self-strangulate.
It absolutely *needs* to have it’s walls broken down, removed, in order to maintain it’s strength.
This is exactly what happens with our heart physically.
Our blood vessels become coated with plaques…
…but these plaques, instead of strengthening our vessels, strangulate them.
The more coated, the thicker the walls, the more risk of heart attack.
The heart is pure muscle, pure power, pure strength… and it uses it’s core strength, which is the strength of flexibility, to function.
It uses muscular contractions to deliver it’s heartsong… oxygen, nutrition, nurturing, love, joy, and freedom… to the entire body.
This is the power of the heart, when it is full of love, lubricated by life, flexible, bending and free.
If your heart is hardened, if you are protecting yourself by building walls, if you are living life defensively, how can your heart spread joy and health freely to your entire body?
- Your heart can not feed your body — can not feed your body joy — if it is strangled by the walls you have built.
- Lightness, joy, love… these are the emotional vibrations that keep your heart flexible and strong.
- These are the antidotes to any hardening of your heart you might be feeling.
- These are the ways to break down the immobile walls that we naturally build as we protect ourselves along the path of our life.
Protecting ourselves comes at a price.
Building walls brings a brittleness, a false strength that can suffocate that which you are trying to protect.
With your own flexibility gone, you lose your power.
Far more powerful is the heart that can open fully and contract fully… that can feel fully.
So the first step, find what barriers you have built.
Allow them to soften.
Your ability to yield to life and it’s inevitable pleasures and joy will make you stronger.
If your heart is feeling brittle, limited, stiff, hardened, or empty, nurture your own heart first.
Begin with flexibility.
Allow your thoughts to expand, give yourself the flexibility to allow multiple points of view, the vulnerability to be hurt, and the strength to bounce back even stronger.
Give yourself a little love. A little softness. A little forgiveness. A little flexibility.
Flexibility is what makes your heart strong.
Powerful flexibility is what feeds your entire body.
Flexibility is what makes *you* strong.
“I know in this moment,
we are connected,
we are one.
In our hearts,
we are non-physical.
I see through the illusion,
I see through the separation.
I am in the now.
I am in love.
I am in freedom.
– Story Waters
So, with the focus on flexibility and embracing our core strength by being open and pliable… where can our hearts take us?
What is the opposite of being constricted, walled in, brittle?
Expansion, baby, expansion!
Our hearts are the center of our ability to expand… expand beyond just ourselves, and beyond just our limited experience, and expand beyond just this one lifetime.
We can feel our connection to others, and our eternal nature.
Our heart center expands outwards in spirals of light, right from the center of our being.
Have you ever sat, focusing on something that made you so happy, and just felt your heart grow larger and larger and larger still?
Have you ever felt that your chest was going to explode, your heart energy got so big?
Have you ever felt your heart vibration reach past your chest, past your body, reach into the space around, to the people around you, to the universe around you?
It feels so good, and it feels so good because it is the healthy state of being connected to all of the energy around you.
You are dropping the limited barriers of what defines *you* and reaching out to *all that is*… in this state, I feel that no disease state could maintain itself for long.
In this state, you are pure, positive joy.
In this state, you have blown up all the barriers around your heart, the ones that you built to *protect you* but that actually harm you… they are dissolved and meaningless.
You are greater than this one moment in time, this one body, this one lifetime.
Through your heart, you can expand past any problem, any limitation.
Through your heart, you can connect to all that is non-physical around you.
Through your heart, you can *feel* the eternal that you can’t *remember* or figure out with your brain.
Your heart is an amazing organ, designed to pump nutrition and health throughout your entire body.
It’s designed to pump joy and love throughout your entire being.
Do not limit it to what it physically can do.
Do not cut it off, in your mind, as a cold piece of muscle designed to transport blood.
Instead, really *feel* the entire purpose of it’s design.
It is the one organ, more than any other, that connects your entire body of being together.
It reaches every tissue, every surface, every organ.
Through it’s immense meshwork of vasculature,
your heart is one of complete and utter connection.
Physically, expanding to every single cell in your body… and emotionally, expanding your life force from you to the universe.
To strengthen and expand you feelings of health and joy, remember those experiences where you feel your heart expanding, and seek to find those more often.
Sit in them and appreciate them when you are in those states of expansion, when you are feeling bigger then life.
In this state you are realizing that the walls you build around your body and mind are no longer helpful, but instead, are constricting.
I feel these states easiest when I sit in appreciation for my children.
I can sit in a room with them and literally feel my heart pound against my chest, expanding through my entire body, then out of my body, pulsing into the universe and connecting me to a greater love.
It is in these moments that I *know* I am tapped in to something more than just myself.
And it is in these moments that I know my connection to my children is eternal.
I seek these moments often, every single day.
Do what you can, today, to find a moment like this and savor it.
You have just found your heartsong.
Every moment you spend in that state, you spend in the state of pure and absolute health.
What else can you do to protect your heart health?
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