Originally Posted by scott snedeker
I was asked in a Tibetan Buddhist forum to define "Heart"
At first I drew a complete blank as to how I would articulate my understanding. Then it came to me all at once
The Heart is the core of the desire to experience the joy of living. It is the origin of the sentiment behind the muse that employs the artist skill to create. It is the source of resilience.
Below are some questions regarding awareness of the heart. I am curious to hear your feedback.
In what ways do you listen to your heart?
How do you know when you are being true to your heart and not betraying it?
What are some things your heart has revealed to you?
Does your heart trust you?
Listening to your heart can be a challenge at times. There was a time when I thought nothing of it. As the dynamics of friendships mature, listening to my heart has become a scary thing.
I like to believe that listening to my heart is the only right option, it is the only way to go through life, you have to be careful to find a balance though. Listening to my heart if not where I'm challenged, listening to my head is the challenge. How do you keep yourself from getting hurt if you listen to your heart all the time?
My heart has revealed to me that I have an overwhelming desire to feel loved. I find myself falling for my friends repeatedly. The desire to have someone hold me in their arms as I fall asleep clouds my judgement. The addiction to the way they my heart feels in that moment and the vulnerability of my body is which I allow to overwhelm my better judgement.
I trust my heart completely, even though I know that being vulnerable to the emotions of the heart are hurting me every day.
Does my heart trust me? I wish I understood this question. I'd like to think that I would protect my heart but at this time in my life, I don't.
Originally Posted by Daniel
The other thing I remind myself is that when I am listening to my heart, I have a good feeling deep in my gut. And I become aware of that 'feeling' when I am sitting very quietly and my mind is quiet, that is, not making so many waves. I encourage myself to check in with that feeling, especially when I have a difficult choice or decision to make. If it isn't there, I have my answer.
My heart has revealed to me that it can break and remain open, giving and expansive. That said, growing older isn't for sissies. It takes some skill to stay open when the vicissitudes of life can close one up like a clam. It take practice, even a 'practice.'
It's a powerful feeling to be able to embrace something, such as the act of listening to your heart. Depending on the life that you live, one of the hardest things in the world can be stopping. Just stopping. Sitting in silence. I've forgotten how to do that. I can't stop for long enough to actually work through all the questions that are running through my mind.
I suppose I have to ask the question; how do you trust your heart when you have recognized how vulnerable it makes you?
Many of you are far wiser than I am, you're advice and opinions are tremendously valuable to me.