What would the world look like and feel like if we ventured down that long 12-18 inch space from our head to our heart? Making decisions and choices guided by our heart.
Why is it that leading with our heart feels so vulnerable and risky? Why is it that we feel a need to protect ourselves and put up walls? The need to protect our power, our privilege, our dreams, our money. We are cultured to believe that leading from our heart would not be beneficial, that it would be irresponsible and even stupid.
How many times have we received advice or given advice based on sheer logic and intellect with a disregard for the teachings of the heart?
I'm not suggesting that we be reckless and dangerous, but I am suggesting that we allow ourselves to be guided by our heart. That we listen to our heart and the wisdom that is has to offer and is teaching us. That we be guided by compassion, forgiveness, love and grace, instead of fear.
I like how authors Ed and Deb Shapiro explain it, "The heart has been described as the king, with the mind as the king's adviser. When faced with a decision, the king may ask his advisers for advice, may even send them out into the world to gather information, but ultimately it is the king that makes the final decision. Even though the advisers do not always agree with the king's decision, the king is invariably right, because the king's view not only sees the bigger picture but is also aware of the needs of others."
They go on to explain, "In the same way, when faced with a decision or conflict, your mind may come up with numerous, different and quite logical reasons why you should act as it advises, but if you listen to and trust your heart—however illogical or irrational it may seem—it is usually right and you are happier as a result."
Your heart is where your intuition resides. If we get still and listen, it is full of wisdom. The heart and its powerful energy is what I believe our world needs more than anything our minds can conjure up. When we tap into the wisdom of our heart we are in alignment with the truth of our being. The essence of who we are, our higher self. There is so much value to listening to our heart as it is the essence of our spiritual being.
Before you make that decision or choice, take time to pause, be still and listen to the guidance of your heart. Ask yourself what you value and what is in alignment with the truth of your being. Will your decision support these values, will it be in alignment?
I invite you to practice letting go of your fear and your need to control, and to listen more to the wisdom of your heart. Let it guide you while your mind advises you.
Next week's post will include a process for making decisions that are led by the heart. Typically, these are decisions that will help to support your overall happiness.