Think with Your Heart & Feel with Your Head

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Think with Your Heart...
& Feel with Your Head.

By Elizabeth Carpenter
MS., L.Ac., ARTT, Cl.Hyp.

I love this quote from Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, founder of Naam Yoga:

Think with Your Heart…

We get so trapped in our heads trying to find solutions to problems.

We’re taught even as toddlers, to be rational.

In truth, the ability to evaluate information logically is a critical success skill.  But when it comes to happiness, and really feeling that big YES about our lives?... this is not the province of the intellect.  This is fulfillment of the heart.

Thinking with the heart is the ability to synch physical, circumstantial reality with what feeds the soul.  To do this, you must bypass the rational mind, and access your inner vault-- your heart, where real knowledge of who you are, what brings you joy and real satisfaction, resides.

….and Feel with Your Head.

When we feel emotionally jammed, our energy gets jammed in our bodies.  We become prisoners of how we feel.  And when we’re stuck like that, we are paralyzed, because emotion drives everything about us. In the contest between thinking and feeling, feeling always wins.

The admonition to feel with your head means that when you find yourself living “Ground Hog Day” every minute (you know, the tape loop relentlessly replaying the story, evidence, and justification for our anger, disappointment, resentment, sadness, guilt, obsession...) it’s time to use that big rational brain of yours to break the cycle.

The story you're telling over and over makes you sick. And it never has a better ending. The ending is always that you feel worse even than before. How to get free????

Of course, distraction or exercise will free you temporarily.

But to get to a lasting shift, you need curiosity, to get underneath your story:  “What am I really feeling?  And if I'm honest with myself, where's that really coming from?  What’s holding me hostage? What piece of this story has me hooked? Why's that such a big deal to me?”

In other words, leverage that enormous intellectual mojo of yours to tease open the emotional jam, so your heart will provide solutions that satisfy. Your heart is intelligent. It thinks before the brain does. It has its own nervous system that transmits it's the info straight to the brain for processing. They're a team, with the heart dominant and the brain collaborative.

Nothing really satisfies if your heart isn't in it.

When you think with your heart, you create the life you love.  When you feel with your head you move obstacles to get beyond pain.

When you heart-mind collaborate you’re actually balancing the two sides of your brain -- creativity and logic.  And that’s called genius.

To Thriving!

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