by Suzanne Murray
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination. What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth – whether it existed before or not. – John Keats
“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of the imagination.” English Romantic poet John Keats wrote that line in a letter to a friend over 200 years ago. It’s one of my favorite quotes of all time as it has always resonated with my deeper of knowing truth. I share it now because I sense it conveys an important wisdom for our time.
Living from our heart expands us into more of who we really are. We more readily tap into our love, compassion and joy when we live from our heart. Joy is a key element in guiding us along our life path, in knowing what brings us alive, and in expressing ourselves creatively so connecting with our heart helps with all that.
Our heart holds our soul’s compass.
Our heart holds our soul’s compass. Our feelings, whether something expands us or contracts us, provides direction. Whether something makes us feel lighter or heavier helps us to know our truth. I find that staying in my heart keeps me out of fear and in the present moment allowing me make the best decision around what actions to take.
Even science supports the importance of the heart’s affections. Our heart produces the strongest electromagnetic field in our body extending out well beyond our body and is aware of information about people and situations before our mind is. We’ve all had the experience of walking into a room and picking up on the energy or vibes and have a feeling about it before we thought about the experience.
In fact our heart sends more information to our brain than our brain sends to our heart. Also when we focus on experiencing positive emotions that’s what our heart radiates out into our environment and we are more likely to have a positive experience of life in return.
Try it. Drop your attention down into your heart. Focus your attention or imagination on something that opens your heart, a memory of beloved pet, a beautiful sunset or anything that expands you. Send that energy to every cell of your body and radiate it out into the world. Practice dropping down into your heart throughout the day and see if you don’t feel better and have greater clarity.
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