Those who appreciate anatomy marvel at the heart, a beautifully intricate four-chambered organ that beats over 100,000 times per day and delivers nearly 2000 gallons of life sustaining blood to every cell in our body.
If we go beyond the physical, we learn much from the indigenous people of equatorial Africa who describe the four chambers of the heart in a different way: open, strong, clear, and full.
An OPEN heart means we have nothing to hide. We are able to freely share our feelings, ideas, and intentions and be open to others with no prejudice. An open heart breeds trust from others.
A STRONG heart shows courage to speak the truth, stand up for what you believe, and take action when needed. People will have confidence in you because you have the strength to live with integrity.
A CLEAR heart means we allow the heart to help us see and understand. The mind communicates what is in the heart, so a clear heart cultivates a clear mind. People value clarity in their leaders because it makes them feel calm.
A FULL heart shows enthusiasm in all of our activities. Whether we are singing, cooking, working or making love, we fill our lives with dedication, gusto and joy.
When we allow our heart to be open, strong, clear, and full, we can’t go wrong.
~Gratitude to José Stevens for sharing this wisdom with me.
(Photo courtesy of Gary Zukav on Pinterest)