Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A-Z Challenge: H is for Heart.

How many times have you asked yourself, "Why am I doing this?", "What am I doing?", "Am I on the right path?"

We've all been there at one time or another. Perhaps several times. For many decades I have always asked myself this: 'Does this path I am on, or about to embark on, have heart?' 

What does that mean?  Our heart is the organ that pumps our life's blood to all of our internal tissues. When it stops pumping, the body dies. Metaphorically, heart is also our inner-most truth-sayer; it tells us the truth. It is the source of our compassion, love, determination, our weaknesses and strength. It is being 'whole' instead of being lost in strewn bits and pieces. It is also the source of our 'knowing', despite our awareness of lack of. When we lose 'heart', we lose our direction, motivation, commitment, our strength, and our happiness. We lose ourselves and we are not whole.

The heart knows the way home; it knows the truth. It knows when we are off-course. It also knows when we are betrayed; by others or by ourselves. A path with no heart can suck all our self-esteem and self-worth from us. Or it can instill false hopes. Losing heart will leave us empty, angry, and unbalanced, leaving us blundering blind on a heartless path.

Embarking on a path may be full of uncertainties. But if we have heart, and we know that our direction is true; if we accept that we may have to change course along the way, and if we learn from all the obstacles along our path, then that path has heart. And as we journey forward, we become stronger and whole; and more happy.
"You must always keep in mind that a path is only a path. Each path is only one of a million paths. If you feel that you must now follow it, you need not stay with it under any circumstances. Any path is only a path. There is no affront to yourself or others in dropping a path if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on a path or to leave it must be free of fear and ambition. I caution you: look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself and yourself alone this one question. Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same. They lead nowhere. They are paths going through the brush or into the brush or under the brush of the Universe. The only question is: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then it is a good path. If it doesn’t, then it is of no use" - from The Teachings of Don Juan, by Carlos Castaneda
I look forward to my new Path with Heart. I hope you all do the same.


  1. Visiting from A to Z...really enjoyed this post.
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  2. Stopping to evaluate whether or not we are on the right path, or the one with heart, is very helpful.

    AJ's AtoZ wHooligan
    Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

  3. Definitely--we connect so much of our emotions to our heart, even though they technically come from the brain. But without the heart, we wouldn't exist!

  4. Heart is a good metaphor. It embodies truth. Yes, our brains, with its network of neurons firing chemical signals away, are the control center. But even the mind can be fooled from time to time. Yet, when we experience trauma, it is our heart that skips beats, when happiness or anxiety befalls us, our heart races almost out of our chests.
    When we are in pain, it is our heart that aches. When we are in love, or compassionate, it is our heart that expands to fill the Universe. When we are crushed, it is our heart that we hold bleeding in our hands. Our heart knows when we are on the right path, and the wrong path. To ignore your heart, is to betray yourself.