Our hearts first start to beat in the womb, around 5-6 weeks. Your heart never takes a vacation. It beats 60-80 beats a minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Year after year, for as long as you live. Your hands connect straight to your heart. With them, you massage and caress, prepare food to feed yourself and others, you care for a child, a neighbor, a loved one, a family member or friend. You use your hands to greet someone, touch someone. It’s a necessity of life. We communicate with them. Even now, when I type this on my laptop.
Every emotion, every feeling, both physically and mentally, influences your heart. Joy and sadness, anger and love. Your heart resonates with your brain. We are regularly consumed by everyday matters. There are so many distractions and stimuli. We don’t want to miss anything. Well, I’m speaking for myself here. Sometimes, it feels like I’m on a bullet train. One that never stops. Does this sound familiar? Do you also receive signals sometimes? Your heart may suddenly beat faster, or even skip a beat. Or you may feel pinches, here and there. Your heart whispers. When something doesn’t feel right, I sometimes try to rationalize my feelings or ignore my true desires. Yet, my body keeps telling me I need rest and contentment.
These two opposing desires are basic needs and we need them both. Someone who avoids all stimuli won’t develop or grow. Someone who keeps going and never takes a break will burn out. I hear a lot about the latter right now. Even at a very young age, it seems to happen more and more. We certainly don’t lack stimuli nowadays. Day in, day out, we’re flooded with information, images, and sounds. Silence is becoming scarce.
In western society, nobody teaches you when it’s time to stop. To recognize when it is time to slow down and relax. With our insatiable desires, we created a world that gets crazier each day. We’re constantly encouraged to consume and are only content with the latest stuff. And with this, we also created lifestyle diseases. Cutting edge solutions at your disposal, of course. Fortunately, I see more counter-movements emerge as well. There’s a reason why interest in yoga and meditation is growing. We need to rest, recover, and heal.
Take a moment to sit or lie down.
Your heart has a rhythm. You can feel it when you put your hand on your chest. Feel how your heart beats. It beats only for you. And every cell in your body contains nutrients and oxygen, exchanges information, and is alive because of it. From the tip of your nose to your pinky toe.
Ask yourself: what do you desire?
What do you really want in life?
Where does this desire come from?
Your true heart’s desires are rarely material.
When you’re aligned with your heart’s desire, when you’re in sync with who you’re meant to be and how you’re supposed to contribute to our magnificent earth, you feel a shift in perception. You start to notice moments of what people call serendipity but I like to call marvelisms.
Be yourself and stay yourself, constantly changing like the big river that always remains the same and never is the same.
By staying true to yourself and following your path, you can achieve what you want to do. Your heart knows whether you are fully and truly pursuing your goals. The ones you chose for yourself.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.
If you listen to the whispers of your heart, you will feel which answer is more important. Step by step, you move closer to your core and to who you truly are. “Nice to meet your Self!”
Are you interested in yoga and would you like to experience the benefits of yoga yourself? You can! The exercises are easy to learn and (with a bit of practice) can also be done at home. If you don’t live in or nearby Ommen, our Online Back Care Basics program offers a great alternative! Or join our free 6-day challenge “From Back Pain to Back Gain” first, and discover what yoga can do for you!
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