“Heart-centered”? It’s all over the web. Heart-centered this, heart-centered that … But what does it really mean?
The heart is seen as the center of emotion, at least in the Western world. And in the “real world”, emotion has no place. It only causes disturbances. Black days on the stock exchange, for example, are caused by irrational fear, as people try to sell stock faster than it can be bought – causing prices to crash. Emotions are messy.
Economists like to see a human being as a completely rational, completely informed participant in a world wide market, making only logical decisions. However, the truth is far from that. Neuroscience proves that decisions are already made – by measuring electric signals initiating body motion – before a “conscious signal” can be seen in our brain. Basically, the subconscious makes the decision and then our conscious brain rationalizes it.
And where does the heart come in? Our subconscious is ruled by emotions. It never forgets a single moment of fear, anxiety, want or even joy and triumph. And it works according to rules acquired in our childhood. All this is what can be called the “Heart”. It’s basically the opposite of our rational brain.
How do we work with our heart? How can anything be heart-centered, then?
The first step is to allow yourself to notice your emotions. Sense the ebb and flow of happiness, fear, anger, joy and satisfaction. Be aware and be easy on yourself.
The second step is to allow the pictures that come along with the emotion. Our subconscious serves up experiences fitting every kind of emotion, if we ask it to. We can figure out our personal patters of response to every situation.
The final step is to choose whether we want to keep that pattern or change it. If a pattern makes it difficult to do the tasks our life demands from us, well, it no longer serves us. In that case, we should change it to one that supports us rather than hindering us. Working through these patterns, erasing old ones and installing new ones, can open our heart to joy and happiness, and turn it into a staunch ally.
How can I do that?
To get started, download the ebook on the right hand side. EFT is a great instrument to change that “writing on the wall” which dominates how we react to situations and tasks. Tapping will help you to free yourself from old patterns.
Start allowing your heart a supportive place in your life. Help it feel lighter and happy, and then listen to it when you make decisions. That’s heart-centered!
This post is part of the Blog Challenge by Andrea Hiltbrunner. Here are the links to the participating blogs:
Sage Grayson: When Your Heart’s Not In It
Suzi Poland: Set Your Heart Free
Fern Spackman: The “Heart” Challenge”
Lori: Let Love Grow – AEDM & Shared Messages
* Author: Nevit Dilmen; source: Wikimedia Commons
Thank you Frauke for beeing part on my challenge! I love the heart beating picture! So let’s get into our hearts! Love, Andrea Hiltbrunner
Thanks, Andrea! I love your challenges, they are so much fun. And they make me think! 😉
Great post, Frauke! I’m trying to get better about listening to my emotions and letting them guide me.
Thank you, Sage! It’s not always easy, but just like you said in your post, our hearts and emotions are valuable guides. Even more so, if we get all the old baggage out of the way so they can come through true and clear.