Heart-centered awareness is being conscious of your connection to yourself and to others.
Heart–centered awareness includes noticing the movement of your emotions; cultivating heart-centered qualities; and being willing to be “touched” by life’s experiences, inspired, and “moved” to action.
The Heart as Metaphor for Connection
Because the heart receives messages from itself as well as from other parts of the body and responds accordingly, it serves as an apt metaphor for connection, to ourselves and with others.
Without such connections, there is no life.
Because of the heart we can connect with ourselves. The heart has its own rhythm, independent of both the nervous and hormonal systems. This rhythm serves to stimulate the heart itself and to start the process of pumping blood throughout the body.
Thanks to the pumping action of the heart, blood flows out from the heart through our circulatory system. This system is vital, carrying nutrients, oxygen, and waste products throughout the body. No tissue or cell can survive without blood. The heart also receives messages, via the nervous and hormonal systems, conveying the needs of other parts of the body. The heart responds to these messages by speeding up or slowing and by strengthening or relaxing its contractions as needed.
Without the heart, there is no life in the body.
Connection with self
Connection with others
1.) Noticing the movement of your emotions
When you have heart-centered awareness, you are willing to feel a wide range of emotions and what the felt body sensation is for each one. Emotions are the ingenious mechanism that alerts you to how you are feeling about yourself and others. Emotions are energy in motion (e-motion); they have vital functions, and it is in your best interest to respect and honor the functions they perform. They can “move you” to action.
Heart-centered awareness enables you to notice if you are being threatened or being treated unfairly; if your needs for safety, protection, and being cared for are not being met; or if a loved one is in trouble and needs help.
Probably you have underestimated the value and importance of emotions and the vital functions they serve. Typically, you have neglected your emotional well-being, having learned from our culture that emotions are not good and that you should repress them or be careful of them, or, alternatively, express them no matter the consequences.
As you allow yourself to feel and listen to your emotions, you begin to learn what they are trying to tell you.
You may be noticing that you want to become more skilled in paying attention to the movement of your emotions. If so, we highly recommend that you take our workshop... The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You.
2.) Cultivating heart-centered qualities
A second aspect of heart-centered awareness involves cultivating qualities that enable you to see the innate goodness in yourself and other people (no matter how you or they are behaving) and to act with kindness.
True kindness is the result of the interplay among several qualities, such as warmth, trust, patience, loyalty, gratitude, honesty, mindfulness, humility, generosity, and many more.
Without even one of these qualities, kindness is less convincing and less true. Together, their action is more effective and profound.
Kindness is synonymous with [good] mental health.
By cultivating heart-centered qualities and deepening your understanding of self and others, you may share your accumulated knowledge and experience, your insights, and practical wisdom with kindness and sensitivity to and respect for the reality of the other. This makes you a person around whom others flourish.
We highly recommend you learn the science of heart centered intelligence by visiting www.HeartMath.com and begin practicing the FREEZE-FRAME exercise.
3.) Willing to be “touched” by life’s experiences, inspired, and “moved” to action
Finally, heart-centered awareness enables you to develop a courageous heart, one that is unafraid to open to the world. The open heart feels all the emotions—joy, gratitude, love, pain, sorrow, frustration, fear, anger, and even rage.
Each emotion is necessary and has a function: to move you to action. Yet what is the ”right action?” We’ll get to the fourth step of right action, but first it is important for you to understand the first three steps of the process.
As we practice heart-centered awareness, we allow ourselves to return to that place that we knew as very young children; we come to trust again our emotions and our capacity to live life wholeheartedly without protecting and armoring our hearts.
Heart-centered awareness enables you to take care of your needs and to be touched, moved, and inspired to take action, to be of service, and to make a difference in others’ lives.
Heart-centered awareness is being conscious of your connection
to yourself and to others
Heart–centered awareness includes ...
* noticing the movement of your emotions;
* cultivating heart-centered qualities; and
* being willing to be “touched” by life’s experiences,
inspired, and “moved” to action.
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BODY With enhanced body awareness, you can discern physical sensations, the sense of groundedness, as well as the delightful sensation of “flow.”
MIND Mental awareness includes being conscious of your passing thoughts, your habitual thoughts, and the messages from your “inner voice.”
Think of "spirit" in terms of the life force that flows through you via the energy systems of the body. And think of spirit as the vibrations that your body receives via nature, music, people, and even the more distant vibrations from further distances on earth and beyond. The ways to work with spirit is with energy healing modalities and self care practices.