You may wonder why this blog post is about the heart, when I usually write about the mind, or consciousness.
However, the heart has a very important role to play in not only our physical well being, but our emotional and mental too.
Studies at HeartMath have shown that the heart broadcasts its own electromagnetic signal according to what you are currently feeling. This electromagnetic field can be measured several feet away from the body, and has been found to affect others in close proximity. You are literally 'broadcasting' how you feel at any given moment, much like a radio station.
In addition to this, the heart also has a complex communication with the brain- what most people don't know is that the heart has neurons and neuronal tissue- we can literally 'store memories' in our heart. Its also been found that the heart responds to events quicker than the brain itself.
But today I'd like to talk about the heart as an indictator of emotion. Many people talk of a choice being 'between head and heart'. I believe this choice could also be intepreted by the conflict between our conscious, and unconscious minds.
For example, our hearts desire ( our unconscious desire) could be to get a job that really brings a sense of meaning, purpose and fulfilment to our lives, but then our head, or our conscious mind steps in.
Our conscious mind usually attempts to sabotage our unconscious hearts desires by providing a list of reasons why you can't have what you want. The conscious mind provides obstacles that usually limit what our heart wants, and we end up feeling rather unfulfilled, life is good but there's just something missing- a deeper sense of purpose, growth and meaning to what we are doing.
Maybe your hearts desire is to learn to fly a plane, or teach english abroad, or become a policeman, or own your own business- whatever it is, that longing or heartfelt desire is something many of us suppress because we can't see how we can get there.
But maybe, instead of denying our heart, we should listen to it more carefully. Who do you want to be? What type of person would you most like to become? What really fills you with excitement and joy?
Our unconscious desires can then be rationalised by the conscious mind- which will then be able to figure out different ways for you to get what you want. Once you accept the possibility that your hearts desires are there for a reason, you'll be able to take control of them.