Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life
R AND R SUNDAY
Your heart refers to your mind, your attitudes, your opinions , and your motivations. That would include every thing and everyone that influences your heart and mind. Guard it well because it is the wellspring of life. The source and supply of everything that happens in life. Guard it well.
Guarding our hearts, the wellspring of our lives is definitely a challenge that we should all take up every day.
When I hear those words, I automatically liken it to protecting the one thing that has the capability to control so many parts of me. The heart is the muscle that is responsible for sending blood around your body and the blood provides all the nutrients and oxygen that you need to live. The heart has dual functions. The left side of your heart is responsible for receiving blood from your lungs and pumps it out to the body. The right side receives blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs. You cannot live without a heart. It is the core of physical life.
The heart is also the place where your emotions live. Although it is your thoughts that control your emotions, it is your emotions that control how you feel, which affects the heart. The HEART is the center of our being.
As busy people who juggle a lot we often don’t have time to contemplate what is going on within us. We need to pay attention to what is causing us to feel anxious in our thoughts. What brought that tension to our shoulders? We need to pay attention to what brought any anxieties into our souls.
How we behave or act in any situation – who we think we are – is controlled first by our heart. Our thoughts and attitude come from the heart, and not our intellect.
Faith, loyalty, commitment, integrity, wisdom, devotion, hard-work, understanding, beliefs, madness, evil, … all this is first determined in the heart, before the intellect. So many of our own maladies could be healed or corrected if we only took the time to discover something about our hearts, and preventatively guard them.
We learn to filter some of what influences our heart. We can accept love and give human definitions to how we feel it. Likewise we experience hatred or anger, and choose whether or not to take them to heart
Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart. Unknown
This Sunday as always is my day to rest and relax. I'm going to be off to church a little earlier than usual today and then will stop by the hospital to visit with my daughter, her hubby and the baby. Hopefully they were all able to get some rest last night. They had little sleep at all the night before as DD was hit by a bad bout of nausea, but was feeling much better yesterday.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers! I hope today is a restful one for you.