“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”~ Helen Keller
So many tasks… so little time.
We’re taught that in order to be successful we have to strategize and analyze, and target.
We test and split test.
Experiment, then re-target.
You know — “brain things.”
We’re taught that the brain is the driver of our existence.
And there are lots and lots of “brain things” we need to do in order to achieve our goals.
Sure, we’re also taught to provide value.
That’s where the real success is found, they say.
When you help other people achieve what they want to achieve, that’s when you’re on track to reach your own goals too.
But that’s still a brain thing.
It’s true, it does involve a certain level of concern for others.
By figuring out what they need.
Then creating it for them.
Delivering it to them.
Persuading them to realize they want it and need it.
Our brains are important.
But what if I told you our hearts might be even more important.
“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” ~ Swami Sivananda
The phrase ‘leading with your heart’ rings of altruism, right?
Of being generous in the world.
To care for and about others.
Which is a good thing.
But what I’m talking about is so much more than that.
Because what we’re not taught is that our hearts could be the real drivers of our existence.
And that’s not just me waxing philosophic.
Like… as in… there’s actual real science here.
In 1991, J. Andrew Armour, M.D., Ph.D., through his neurocardiology research, discovered the concept of the “heart brain”.
“…scientists have discovered that the heart possesses its own intrinsic nervous system — a network of nerves so functionally sophisticated as to earn the description of a “heart brain.” Containing over 40,000 neurons, this “little brain” gives the heart the ability to independently sense, process information, make decisions, and even to demonstrate a type of learning and memory. In essence, it appears that the heart is truly an intelligent system…”
So our hearts have their own brain-like neurons and neurites.
They have cells that learn independently from the neurons in our brains.
Cells that think independently.
Cells that feel independently.
There exists a separate form of intelligence inside of our hearts.
One that communicates with our brains.
One that communicates TO our brains.
Which makes total sense…
How many stories have you heard about heart transplant recipients who take on the characteristics (or even memories) of the donor?
According to Gregg Braden in his Missing Links series on gaia.com:
When you feel anger, frustration, hate, jealousy or rage, the signals from your heart to your brain are very chaotic.
Which makes your brain’s output very chaotic.
That’s when you have high amounts of Adrenalin and Cortisol being pushed around.
It’s the whole fight or flight thing.
Your brain is in panic mode. Something big is going on here. We need to stop everything right now and shut this situation dowwwwn!!!
But when you’re feeling calm, with appreciation, compassion, or gratitude, the stream from your heart to your brain is steady and rhythmic.
That’s when your brain can be free to send out messages of immune response, healing chemistry, anti-aging hormones and such.
So your brain makes the decisions, but it makes them based on what your heart tells it to do.
Which, again, makes total sense, right?
How many diseases are the result of stress?
And how many people who meditate tell us that it’s not only changed their mental approach, and their level of success, but their physical health as well?
So maybe there’s something to this concept that we should all be paying more attention to.
When we harmonize our heart and head together, that’s when all those “brain things” start falling into place.
That’s when life gets really good.
And that’s when we become unstoppable.
I think I’ll go be unstoppable now.
How about you?
P.S. Don’t forget to be awesome today! ❤️