In light of American Heart Month and that clever little holiday that starts with a "V" it's only to be expected that we'll mosey our way through the month seeing several articles on heart health and disease prevention, healthy eating and exercise tips, window displays decked out in pink and red, a surge in flower arrangements as well as heart shaped boxes filled with assorted little nuggets of chocolate. We're constantly reminded to celebrate this epicenter of love and focus on maintaining a healthy heart - ironically enough, during the shortest month of the year.
And so it's those two words right there, healthy heart, that require further digging. And your personal experiences throughout life will essentially do the dirty work (re: digging) for you to help you appreciate the state of a truly healthy heart.
Because it's often physical characteristics that initially come to mind when describing the natural state of a healthy heart. One that has a normal resting heart rate. A steady beat. Pumping every second to keep us alive. Well, you are by no means wrong. But then there's this:
"Very few people understand the heart. In truth, your heart is one of the masterpieces of creation. It is a phenomenal instrument. It has the potential to create vibrations and harmonies that are far beyond the beauty of pianos, strings or flutes. You can hear an instrument, but you feel a heart. And if you think that you feel an instrument, it's only because it touched your heart. Your heart is an instrument made of extremely subtle energy that few people come to appreciate. This (energy) is meant to be going on inside you at all times and the highest state you have ever experienced is simply the result of how open you were. If you don't close, it can be like that all the time. And that (openness) is the natural state of a healthy heart." - Excerpt from The Untethered Soul
So you can drizzle everything under the sun with olive oil and eat your apple every day in an attempt to keep the doctor away, but in order to carry a healthy heart with you throughout your life, you must work (sometimes very hard at first) to minimize any barriers that aren't allowing it to stay open. You must let go of the notion that voids exist in your heart that are just sitting there waiting to be filled. Because only when your heart is already completely full will it expand to allow even greater things to come in.
This month, and all the months, find the rhythm and beat of your own heart - in its most natural, healthy state. A vulnerable heart. A content heart. And most importantly, an open heart. One that allows you to walk through life without fear or doubt. And yes, it takes feeding and nourishing yourself with wholesome foods, however what truly keeps you full is all of those other wholesome and good things that will come into your life if you allow them to, when your heart is truly open. And you must allow them to. Trust yourself, or nobody else will.