Mind in Heart – Be Wise Not Smart in 3 Steps
When I grew up I was taught to always follow my heart. This felt like perfect advice. And I followed my heart, or so I thought. As I believed I was listening to what my heart told me, what I really followed were my emotions.
Later in life I discovered that the heart is different to emotions. In the heart there is wisdom, love and power. This trinity is easily mistaken for emotions like – respectively – pride, lust and anger.
I also found that I wasn’t the only one confusing emotions with the wisdom, love and power from the heart.
I learned to distinguish between who I am and what I have – I am boundless understanding, love and creativity; I have feelings such as sadness, fear and lust. What I believed to be my heart’s voice turned out to be that which actually covers and muffles my heart’s voice!
The first step is to uncover your heart’s voice. Check whether you are your feelings or whether you are that which is witness to your feelings. Ask yourself: ‘How do I feel in this moment?’ Feel what you feel. Let it be here. Then ask: ‘Am I this feeling, or am I that which is the witness to this feeling?’ Discover there is more to you than emotions – discover that which is beyond: a sense of beingness unaffected by feelings and reactions.
The second step is to BE IN your heart. Picture, and feel, that you place your mind in your heart: you move the centre of your thinking right in the middle of your heart-space. Can it reside there? Can it merge with the energy of your heart? Can your thoughts be absorbed by the presence of wisdom-love-power that your heart is? Can you allow your mind to surrender to your heart?
The third and final step is to continuously distinguish what impulse is from the mind, and which is from the heart. Use your mind and your thinking to constantly assess whether an impulse is either an emotion, or a “heart-spark”. Use your “smartness” to navigate impulses, and distinguish between: pride and wise; lust and love; anger and power. Consciously allow yourself to choose between a feeling, and that what is beyond a feeling: your heart’s voice.
Navigating life with your mind in your heart allows your decisions to be wise rather than smart. (This even rhymes.)
To life’s fulfilment; to following your heart,