Monday, May 6, 2013

Connecting the Mind and Heart

Everyone talks to themselves.  Ever followed your own inner dialogue?  It is an experiment you may want to try.  For what you will discover is that that inner banter of the mind is like having a conversation with someone who doesn’t shut up.

Most people are not cognizant of the dialogues that go on in their minds.  It rambles on incessantly creating imaginary scenarios.  I read somewhere that although we listen to 125 to 250 words a minute, we think at 1000 to 3000 words per minute.  While someone is talking we are only hearing 20% of what they are saying because we are consumed with thinking. 

In order to become acquainted with the voice of heart, you need to become aware of what goes on in the mind.  The only way to do that is to become mindful of your thinking.  Start listening to yourself. Become your own watcher.  You will discover your thoughts fall into two categories:  past happenings and future imaginings.  In the world of the mind, we spend very little time in the present moment, and most of our future imaginings are bent toward the negative.

If you really want to find out what is going on in your mind, get yourself a digital recorder.  Go into a room, close the door and for one hour let yourself talk.  You may be surprised to find out just how much garbage is produced by the mind.   Don’t want to do this exercise, just listen to yourself for five minutes.  You may be very surprised by what you are telling yourself.  Perhaps it is time to control the nature of the inner conversations of your mind.

One of the ways to do this is to consciously connect to the voice of heart.  To do this you need to silence the mind and become acquainted with how the voice of heart speaks to you.  Your heart brain doesn’t scream at you. It acts in subtle ways.  It’s a gut feeling to do something.  It comes as a flash.  It’s like you are speeding down the highway and all of a sudden something inside you says, ‘better slow down’ and as you head around the bend in the road, there are the police.  Get to know that voice because it is this voice that works for your highest good.

One of the easiest ways is to strengthen this connection is to take up meditation.  Now I can hear you saying, ‘I don’t have time to meditate.  I got things to do.’  Yes you do have the time.  All you have to do is let go of the assumption that meditation can only be done in the lotus position at yoga.  Meditation is nothing more than conscious awareness.

You have so many opportunities throughout the day to practice conscious awareness.  How many times during the day do you stand in line somewhere?  Learn to utilize that time, and let the voice of the heart speak to you.  You don’t have to close your eyes; you just focus on your breathing.  You can use a mantra if you want.  You can use the words ‘ease’ on the inhale and ‘flow’ on the exhale.  Start with two minutes and before you know it your inner promptings of the heart will change the direction of the mind’s thinking.  A change in the mind’s talking will change the direction of your life.  Try it.  You may be pleasantly surprised as to how your life changes.

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