Imagine living your entire life from the heart. It sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? Like being hugged by a soft, fluffy marshmallow. Warm, kind. Full of love.
But what the heck does “living from the heart” actually mean?
I get you.
It’s a lovely sentence but it’s vague and can forgivably seen as somewhat airy fairy. A bit new age, a bit Gwyneth Paltrow-y.
Well, not to me.
To me, it’s serious business.
Let me put it to differently.
The opposite of living from the heart, is living from the mind.
Thoughts, fear, anxiety fly around your head. Your mind races at a million miles an hour. You're stressed and overthinking. You can’t sit still for more than two minutes with out a distraction.
You fixate on mistakes of the past and you worry about the “what if’s” of the future. The voice inside your head whispers, “you’re just not enough” and “life’s not fair”.
Umm, unappealing, right?
But wait, it gets worse. Physical implications.
A faster heart rate. Higher blood pressure. An unfriendly stress hormone, cortisol, runs through your body negatively influencing your metabolism, hair growth and digestion.
Choices are limited in your mind.
But, there is a beautiful, life altering alternative!
Some might like to call it being mindful, present or in a state of peace.
I like to call it being in the heart.
Living life from the heart is peaceful. You are present and calm. Your mind is still. You don’t sweat the small stuff.
You feel confident to speak up, you trust that the experiences you receive are what you need in that moment in order to grow and develop.
You are productive because your focus is sharp and your mind clear.
You have choices. You can say yes to a party, or no to a party, without being wracked with guilt and worry about what others might about think.
You can be you.
Check back in with us in a couple days for part two, and our top practical tips for how to live a more present, powerful and peaceful life from the heart.
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