Thinking with the heart when approaching relationships allows you to sense when others are suffering or simply in need of a kind word. Such a simple thing to do, and yet we all to often get locked in our mind and don’t react to others with compassion. The heart is the place of not only compassion, but connectivity to universal love. We all want love, and spend a lot of time going after it in all the wrong places. Beyond the anatomical definition, the heart is defined as: The vital center and source of one’s being, emotions, and sensibilities. This is a strong player, the vital center of one’s being. Take a moment and think about what that means to you?
For me it means that it is important to keep my heart open, and so much can occur in our daily lives to direct us to close off our heart. There are many ways to open your heart, through meditation, prayer, learning to align your chakras, and simply pausing to listen to your intuition for a moment. The heart is the vital center and source of one’s being. If we listen to our intuition and respond to others through our heart, we will be able to be fully present to listen to their needs. This is a time in the world when things are changing, and we should make it a practice to bring our open hearts to all situations we find ourselves in. This task may sound simple, but even for those of us who have a practice of meditation, it is difficult to remember to respond by pausing, listening to your heart and offering unconditional love to others.
When we can do this, wanting nothing in return but to give what is required of the situation, a hug, an ear to listen, a word of encouragement, a shoulder to cry on, then we can truly be a compassionate human being and feel love in its fullest form. There is no need to chase after it, to wish it into your life, it already exists within you. You just need to listen to your heart.
Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
~ Albert Einstein