Heal your heart and be more productive
What??? What are you referring to? Is this some sort of enchanted thinking? Where did you obtain this???
As far as human beings go, some of us are rather adept at the intricacies of daily life generation. While we all need vacations and self-care is becoming a priority for the majority of us, for the majority of us, this is the very least amount of time we need to disconnect from job, personal pursuits, or regular family life because we just have the energy to go, go, go. This is inherent in the majority of the human race’s design.
However, some of us require rest – and I am not referring to taking a sleep, which we all know increases productivity, nor am I referring to older generations. Some of us behave as if we are the Generators of life, going out and doing, doing, doing, fueled by our want to do more, be more, and have more, but… screech! (as the car comes to a screeching halt)… we are not those people. And no of how hard we try, we will never be those people.
What about the rest of us?
So what happens to those of us who require more frequent recharging than those of us who can go, go, go in a culture that demands action, action, and more action?
What happens to those of us who require time to recharge our batteries in between bursts of inspiration and activation of our ideas? What happens to those of us who require space and time to simply be and are not constantly prompted to perform and inspire ourselves? What happens when those of us who require this time and space do not receive it because we are unaware that we are under some weird misperception about who we are?
To begin, I’ll describe what occurred to me. When I was younger, I imagined and acted as if I could create endless amounts of energy and accomplish task after task… I was a monstrous Go machine. My setting was continuously set to “Go,” and I was constantly doing things to demonstrate my importance to others around me (sometimes unconsciously and sometimes purposely). I had a plethora of projects, occupations, and goals. I embodied the person who goes to great lengths to legitimize themselves and their experiences. Then… CRASH! I collided with a wall (not a real one… I’m not trying to traumatize you). I came up against a brick wall in my life that shouted, “Hell no.” You are no longer conducting business in this manner. You are unable to. I cannot and will not.”
Finally, reaching the bottom
That wall was referred to be Clinical Depression, and I had no clue I had ran into one. After all, I was suffering from an unconscious misunderstanding. Unconscious… I repeat it because some of us read subconsciously yet will always think, Oh, you could have altered that! True, we frequently fool ourselves. Additionally, I did not run into a wall and exclaim, Oh! I am not who I believed myself to be. I am a whole different person. And then dance away to see what my fairy Godmother can do about it. That. did. not. occur.
What transpired? I began to slide downward. At first, it was a gradual spiral. I was depleted of energy. I then lost my will. Then I began to lose delight in my daily life. Then I realized what was going on. And even at that point, I was still attempting to optimize my “doing,” my activities, my “get up and go.” However, I was gradually failing at my work, with my friends, with my family, and, most importantly, with my dreams. Life continued to drain away, but with little flow in return. I lacked both enthusiasm and vision. I resigned from my position. I abandoned my pals. I awoke from my nightmares. I had to vacate my flat. I lost my self-esteem, and I was on the verge of saying, This is too much. I am unable to continue.
Do not give up; continue
I eventually accepted my family’s request to come inside and escape the rain and returned to my family’s home. I was first grateful, but family being family, I began plotting my escape. However, it wasn’t until I was a year into the program that I found I was suffering from Clinical Depression. Another enormous impediment to my diagnosis? My culture does not accept mental illness as a legitimate condition. And religion (or, more accurately, spirituality, as not everyone considers themselves religious) is a first line of defense prior to treatment. However, I was in desperate need of counseling.
I performed a variety of activities to Heal My Heart. Why am I referring to it as this? Simply because it is. Do not believe that treatment was my be-all and end-all. How is this possible? Psychotherapy is so-called for a reason. I am concerned with the mind. Certainly, the head is not the heart. Let us set the record straight immediately.
However, even before I entered therapy, I was performing a form of self-healing on myself. I’d discovered a method to express and give voice to feelings that had been dormant within me. I discovered that when I did this – at first, just recognition, and then more – I was able to “heal” wounds that were decades old in some cases. I know for a fact that my treatment was far more successful when combined with Heart Healing work.
What actually is the heart?
After all, what is this heart? It is most emphatically not the physical pump that circulates blood throughout our bodies for critical processes necessary for survival. And, while this heart has no physical place, it is the ethereal field of love and grief, ecstasy, and pain, gain and loss, highs and lows, glory and disaster. The absence of a physical structure does not prevent it from producing extremely physical feelings and even instructing the brain to perform specific activities that would either alleviate the pain or prolong the delight. Therefore, mending our hearts may be the key to resolving traumas that have been carried within us, in our hearts and bodies, for brief periods of time, for many years, or for a lifetime.
Let us be honest… Each of us has experienced trauma. That is self-evident if you are a human being on this planet. Trauma is not a condition that exists exclusively in extremes. Anything that is offered to our brain jeopardizes its primary mission – to safeguard us. Trauma is defined as any occurrence in which we feel incapable of coping and overwhelmed by our surroundings. When this occurs in children, as well as adults, our neurons fire and send instructions to other neurons via synapses, instructing our nervous system how to respond. That is, trauma may impair how we go about our everyday lives, how we connect to ourselves as capable and functional persons, and even how we think about life and all the people we encounter. However, just as readily as it may hinder, it can also foster other forms of thriving. Thus, not everything is terrible. It’s only that unhealed trauma wounds might cause our brains to overcompensate for what it perceives as harmful. This compensatory mechanism may be affecting how readily we discover what works for us or how difficult it is for us to perform simple tasks, and hence how we see ourselves in comparison to others.
The importance of healing the heart
We might uncover several ways in which our bodies overproduce or underproduce essential hormones in response to prior stress. Cortisol overload and our bodies’ inability to transition to our parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for relaxation and digestion) are just a few of the factors wreaking havoc on our health in today’s especially demanding work environment. Brain science is beginning to shed light on previously unanswered issues regarding how our nerve systems affect our health and productivity. Thus, Healing the Heart is a timely response to potentially harmful health issues that were previously considered to be beyond our control.
Our brains are extraordinarily sophisticated and powerful devices. Neurons fire, synapses form, routes to other neurons are established, and emotional and behavioral patterns are routed. And what occurs in our brains is closely related to what happens in our emotions. Healing the Heart assists in releasing the emotions associated with these patterns, therefore partially or completely dissolving the pattern. Once this occurs, the brain’s unlimited wisdom miraculously reroutes or creates a new pattern.
Heart wounds and thoughts
Healing heart wounds can free you from ingrained routines. It’s frequently astounding how robust the entire body is and how rapidly it may regenerate when something old has been totally removed. However, you cannot just talk about mending old wounds and presume that this is what has occurred in your body. The only way to tell if a heart wound is completely healed is if you have no thoughts about it.
That is, not a single one. Not even the one that visits you from time to time and you see, feel, and wish it would go away. Not even the ones who flit by once every five years. Not even the nagging one that, if someone gets you talking about it, can charge you up like nobody’s business. Certainly not that one.
And once scars have healed, new avenues of production may open up. It is possible to ease previous emotions regarding money. It is possible to alleviate incoherent sentiments regarding love relationships. Feeling constrained by a family member’s communication can be freed, allowing new opportunities to grow. After healing, you are no longer required to compensate for what remained unhealed – your wounds.
Heal to experience your full birthright
Healing is also an excellent opportunity to appreciate the splendor of a well-lived life. While some of us can claim that glory deliberately, the majority of us have difficulty giving ourselves that much credit. We have a problem with praising in general. Whether this resonates with you personally or there is anything else you wish to repair, remember that mending may offer you joy in places you never imagined possible. Healing is a universal right that you were born with. Your birthright is to experience the comfort and wonder of life.
Healing is also a wonderful way to acknowledge the glory of a life well-lived. Some of us can claim that glory consciously, but many more of us have issues with giving ourselves that big of a pat on the back. We have issues with praise in any form. Whether this resonates with you personally, or something else you’d like to heal, just know that healing can bring you joy where you never thought you could have joy. Healing is universal, and it is your birthright. The ease and magic of life are your birthright.
Look, find your healing where you need it most. Allow the Universe to offer you answers, and as you take them, know that the healing is an opportunity for your greatest growth and splendor. Healing brings wholeness.
Be well. Be healthy. Be whole.