While the world is going ga-ga over roses and chocolates on this Valentine’s day, I would like to celebrate the heart on this day! The role of heart, in making our life magical – not just letting it be bearable or mediocre.
We have been taught to be practical, to have data before making decisions, and think with our mind and not with our heart. That may work in science or the physical world but in the world where humans are involved data and observations are just a starting point. What really works in the end is your heart!
I am not suggesting here that one should blindly follow their heart. There is a reason why we have all the organs, so we need to maintain high level of awareness and observe the situation first without mind chatter, goals or biases – sort of keep our eyes and ears open and mind shut. Observation needs a calm and silent mind.
Once we understand the external inputs, our mind usually takes over and starts creating scenarios and what it thinks is right, wrong, possible, not possible. This is where most people stop and many make decision based on ‘avoiding the negative’ instead of ‘creating the positive’ – as that is the essential nature of the mind.
To create that magical quality in our interactions and decisions, we need to take one key additional step – that is listening to the heart at the end of it all.
The heart can see beyond words, it can feel the tone, it can sense the feelings, it knows the deeper truth than usually what is communicated. The heart can see possibilities that can’t be imagined today – the ones which have no precedence or no practical road-map available to our mind. May be that is what faith is. And there can be no faith without the heart.
I leave you with a quote and few questions to ponder on.
If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? Confucius
So could you benefit from listening to your heart? Do you have past experiences you can now reflect on where using the heart would have been better? Are you still skeptical about the role of the heart? Please share your thoughts here.