Developing our hearts will help us and those around us fly…

I have just finished reading Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. In this fictional story, people went back to the past or forward to the future to visit a person of their choice and have one more brief conversation – they were told that they would not be able to change any event from happening as a result of their visit. However, as the story unfolded, I noticed that what they did change was their hearts. 

Although all the events that were supposed to happen still happened, they experienced them differently after their visit. In the story, people changed their hearts by dispelling an assumption about what others were thinking or by being challenged around their current perspective on things.

What if we knew that many of our difficulties exist because we believe something to be true that actually isn’t?

Heart is our inner truth that lies at the core of who we are, it gives us courage to be ourselves and to not worry about what others think. A strong heart stops us from being led by other’s expectations or assumed needs. I think it’s an inner compass that will guide us to always do the right thing, if we listen to it..

Examples of Heart in action might be….

  • Tapping into our emotions rather than our logic.
  • Choosing to change our minds.
  • Choosing to be open to what we don’t know yet.
  • Tapping into our deep truth, not the ‘easier’ version of the truth on the surface but reaching beyond our ego and finding our own wisdom on any tricky situation.

It’s a muscle that needs exercising to get stronger.

  • Practice being open minded – what do I need to find out here?
  • Practice being silent and listening – what is my heart telling me is really true?
  • Practice light heartedness – how important is this really?

Most of the time we can’t change what happens to us, but we can always change how we experience things, and ultimately this changes our world and the world of all those around us.

Do you have any other thoughts on how we can develop our hearts?