Be Well Be Happy

Two neighbors who live next door to each other have a problem. One has a herd of sheep, one a dog that he lets roam free. Sometimes the dog wanders to the sheep pen and kills one of the sheep. He asked his neighbor to leash the dog, neighbor refused. What should he do? Put up a fence?  Shoot the dog? The solution he found was this: he gave two lambs to his neighbor’s small children. For fear of his dog harming his children’s new pets they were caring for, he leashed his dog. The giver found a solution through his heart to reach the heart of his neighbor through his children. 

The thread that unites all of us is through the heart. And if we come from that space to solve our problems, our friends’ or family’s problems and the world’s problems, think about what that would mean. “Thinking” through the heart to figure things out. Thinking outside of the patterns in our minds that we have developed throughout the years. Of course, the neighbor with the sheep did not really know what his neighbor would do once his children received the gifts, but, he gave of something that the dog was destroying, therein giving the lesson to the owner of the dog. And all lived happily ever after! 

Think about this simple idea: think through the heart instead of through the mind. How are we thinking about a solution? From what root space? From greed? From anger? From hate? From sadness? From discontentment? From misery? 

If from any of these spaces we issue forth our solutions, the results are sure to increase the breadth of the problems and not lesson or solve them. If instead, we come from the any of the following spaces: joy, bliss, contentment, love, gladness, delight, compassion, understanding, the results have a much better chance of being peaceful and harmonious. So first finding the motivation in these positive heart feelings, then thinking outside of the patterns in our minds to figure it out. 

Also, understanding why someone might be coming from a certain place, first, then thinking what would make him/her change the mindset—taking the time, feeling what is going on, being thoughtful as to the next step, rather than reacting out of negative feelings and old thought patterns—all ways of bringing harmony to our immediate circumstances and what lies beyond. 

From “HeartMath” by Doc Childre and Howard Martin:

Heart Awareness Exercises: 1) Recognize the reaction and feel it in the heart before it becomes a story in the brain; 2) Make a sincere effort to shift your focus away from the racing mind or disturbed emotions; 3) Relax; 4) Use your intuition, common sense and sincerity, and ask your heart what would be a more efficient response to a situation; 5) Listen to your heart.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

 By Paulette Mancuga

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