My last post introduced the heart as guide in connecting. I continue this theme with heart as guide in thinking.
I’ve been breaking through a pattern of making up reasons to be busy, and/or feeling guilty for not being busy. In college, I used to keep a running to-do list in my pocket, crammed with tasks that would pop into my head throughout the day. I have been a task-oholic, addicted to numbing my mind, and even more so my heart, keeping myself busy with things I thought of in the past, to do in the future.
This leaves little energy for experiencing the present.
It’s taken years of first idyllic rustic living, then immersing myself in the Bay Area’s spiritually and somatically in-tune culture, to heal myself of this affliction. I think I’m finally getting there.
I’m finally accepting that, far from being a reason to be guilty, not being busy is my work. My work is to cultivate stillness and peace within, and share this. My work is to be human with people.
I sometimes forget that to take the time to be human, to connect in this present moment, is inspiring. A few times lately, I’ve found that someone has highly recommended me, and I’ve wondered, “But what did I do?” Friends remind me that it’s probably not what I did, but that I took the time to be with that person, that impressed them. In the stillness of mind and peacefulness of heart I am cultivating, I find more space for hearing others.
As I turn my attention toward the present moment, and as I let my thinking move from my head to my heart, I am discovering increasing ease and clarity. May you also discover this peace.
What is thinking from the heart? Here are some ways I find it:
- Letting my head give up some of its busy-ness
- Allowing myself to be guided by my heart
- Letting go of control, and trusting that everything will work out
- Trusting that I already have what I’ve been asking for
- Trusting that I already know, from within, the wisdom I’m seeking
- Being still enough to find clarity about my goals
- Taking time to set aside busy-ness and practice feeling peace (Here’s a supportive guided meditation.)
How do you experience thinking from the heart? How do you find it? Please share below. If you’re in the SF Bay Area, come explore this theme with a very special group at the next Connections in Nature Workshop.