Knowing the Heart

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Our heart is at the center of our being human. In the heart is where our deepest thoughts, intuitions, emotions and decisions find their source. We often fail to know our hidden centers and so we live and die without knowing who we really are. Have you ever looked into the mirror and asked yourself, “Who am I?”  You are not the body, you are not your mind, you are not your title such as wife, husband, mother, father, sister, brother, friend, etc.  You are so much more.

Recently, I took the opportunity to spend a day with myself and explore where I grew up in Park Slope. One of the places I visited was the Brooklyn Museum to see Georgia O’Keefe’s exhibit. She was a famous woman artist who lived a full life to the age of 99.  I remember her well because she created much of her art in New York, where she lived for 30 years until her husband passed away. She then decided to move to New Mexico, living in a quiet, beautiful landscape where she could be alone with herself and create even more spectacular art. She was simply amazing and so talented. 

As I viewed photographs taken of her, I could almost see her soul through her quiet, serene eyes.  She looked like a woman who truly knew who she was and lived her life exactly how she wanted to. I was inspired and a bit envious, but happy to see such strength in a woman born in the late 1800’s.

How can we, living in today’s society, find our quiet center, leading to the heart center? Is it possible in New York City to be relaxed and calm? I think it is a challenge, but most certainly possible. We live in one of the greatest cities. There are resources everywhere and yet we feel stressed. Our struggles are real to find peace and calm. The only way I can find the calm amid the storm is to close my eyes to my surroundings. Focus on a mantra and my breath. Breathing in, I am calm, breathing out, I am peace. It works every time for me so I repeat it often. Then I open my eyes to the beauty in front of my eyes. If I were an artist, I would paint a picture; if I were a photographer, I would take a picture; if I am me, I would breathe it all in.

Where is your heart? Are you afraid to be who you were meant to be? Is there something or someone holding you back?  Finding your heart is finding your love with yourself. You don’t have to change your life, you just have to be with yourself. You are perfect just the way you are. You are enough and your heart is your guide.  The heart is a masterpiece. It has a subtle energy that vibrates loudly. We feel and hear the soft beat, but it is an instrument that plays our life’s song. Listen, feel and be with yourself.

The following meditation is taken from the book, “A Pocketful of Miracles.” Imagine a star of living Light in the air just above your head and slightly in front of you. Allow streams of liquid loving Light to cascade over you and wash through you, cleansing you of any fear, negativity or illusion that veils the light within your heart. Let your heart light expand and become one with the Light of God, wrapping you in a great egg of light. May you feel and experience the light of your heart every day.

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