Heart

1 (a): an hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood; breast, bosom
3 (a): personality, disposition; (b) obsolete: intellect
4: the emotional or moral nature as distinguished from the intellectual nature: such as (a): compassion; (b): love, affection; (c): courage or enthusiasm
5: one’s innermost character, feelings, or inclinations
6 (a): the central or innermost part: center; (b): the essential or most vital part of something; (c): the younger central compact part of a leafy rosette (as a head of lettuce or stalk of celery)

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Heart (n.): Old English heorte “heart (hollow muscular organ that circulates blood); breast, soul, spirit, will, desire; courage; mind, intellect,” from Proto-Germanic heron-, from Proto-Indo-European kerd- “heart.”

Spelling with –ea– is c. 1500, reflecting what then was a long vowel, and the spelling remained when the pronunciation shifted.  Most of the modern figurative senses were present in Old English, including “memory,” “seat of inmost feelings; will; seat of emotions, especially love and affection; seat of courage.”  Meaning “inner part of anything” is from early 14th century.  In reference to the conventional heart-shape in illustration, late 15th century; heart-shaped is from 1744.

Heart attack attested from 1875; heart disease is from 1864.  The card game hearts is so called from 1886.  To have one’s heart in the right place “mean well” is from 1774.  Heart and soul “one’s whole being” is from 1650s.  To eat (one’s own) heart “waste away with grief, resentment, etc.” is from 1580s.

 

Source: etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” 

Augustine of Hippo (Saint Augustine, also called Saint Augustine of Hippo, original Latin name Aurelius Augustine, 354-430, one of the Latin Fathers of the Church, one of the Doctors of the Church, and perhaps the most significant Christian thinker after St. Paul)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Augustine

“It is strange how often a heart must be broken 
Before the years can make it wise.” 

Sara Teasdale (1884-1933, lyrical poet, known for her poems "on a woman's changing perspectives on beauty, love, and death")

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/sara-teasdale

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” 

Marvin J. Ashton (1915 – 1994, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1971 until his death)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_J._Ashton

“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.” 

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, one of America’s greatest and most original poets of all time, who challenged the existing definition of poetry)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/emily-dickinson

“I think... if it is true that 
there are as many minds as there 
are heads, then there are as many 
kinds of love as there are hearts.” 

Leo Tolstoy (Lev Nikolayevich, Graf (count) Tolstoy, 1828-1910, Russian author, a master of realistic fiction and one of the world’s greatest novelist; best known for writing "Anna Karenina" and "War and Peace")

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Leo-Tolstoy

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.” 

Ted Hughes (Edward James "Ted" Hughes, 1930 – 1998, English poet and children's writer; ranked as one of the best poets of his generation; served as Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Hughes

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” 

Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, 1207-1273, Persian poet and Sufi master)

Bio Source:

www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140414-americas-best-selling-poet

Meditation

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”

Rumi

 

Have you ever come back in contact with kindred spirits you haven’t seen for a long time, and when you did it feel as if no time and space that existed between?  Or have you ever found a new friend and it felt that they had been in your life forever?

These are soul mates.  We may not know these kindred souls fully, but from the seat of our souls through our hearts.

I’ve been reading and studying this wonderful book by one of my favorite spiritual authors and teachers.  Cynthia Bourgeault wrote a book called, “The Heart of Centering Prayer – Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice.”  I’m so interested in this book, because she writes extensively on the contemplative Christian practice, which I believe is complement to the meditation practices from the East.  Essentially, it’s about purifying our hearts and minds.

It’s natural for Bourgault, as an Episcopal minister and scholar, to lean on the wisdom of the Gospels of Jesus such as the Beatitudes. “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).  But, she also quotes the modern Sufi master, Kabir Helminiski:

“The heart is the antenna that receives the emanations of subtler levels of existence.  The human heart has its proper field of function beyond the limits of the superficial, reactive ego-self.   Awakening the heart, or the spiritualized mind, is an unlimited process of making the mind more sensitive, focused, energized, subtle, and refined, of joining it to its cosmic milieu, the infinity of love.”

That’s the whole purpose of meditation, contemplating, and spiritual practices, to quiet our thoughts so that we can perceive the world from clearer hearts and minds.  It’s also about letting go of our addictions, especially to drama.   When we manage to do, we will be able to effortlessly and intuitively connect with all of our love ones either on this Earth plane or on The Other Side.

Isn’t Life Magnificent and Mysterious?!

Stay focused and awake, sojourners, to the infinite possibilities of Life.

Miraculously and Lovingly Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

 

 

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