I love the word, heart. It is such a loaded word, isn't it? There is the physical aspect of the heart. So many of us exercise, eat well and take nutritional supplements or medicine to keep our hearts pumping. And, there is the idea of the heart as a vessel of human emotion.
This month, millions around the world will celebrate Valentine's Day. We will see paper heart decorations and cards and chocolate and jewelry. A day to put romance on the front burner of consciousness.
Where is your heart in your journey these days? We live in such a data-driven world. We measure, observe, plot, show progress or regression or unfinished learning, spikes of illness, decline, and death. But how do we take stock of the journey of our hearts?
This is the question I pose today. Instead of presenting a finished thought, I'm asking the question...where is your heart on this spiritual journey we are all on?
Here are some ideas to get you thinking.
Idioms for H-E-A-R-T
If you share your answers, that's fine. I am keeping my answers in my journals except for this...
My physical heart is beating well and appreciates a swim or a walk around the track. It wants to live and I'm tending it for life.
My vessel of emotions, however, is more fragile these past two years. It's been tipped over and filled to overflowing and then emptied again quite a bit in the pandemic and political unrest. Many relationships I have with loved ones have been strained in some way.
For sure, I have experienced joy and happiness. I am not depressed. And, yet the difficulty and need of others weigh on me.
I long for contentment, a place to set my heart down without worry alongside others who are also healthy, safe, and strong. My faith promises this kind of contentment with belief, trust, and prayer. I know that perseverance will lead me there. If not now, someday. It is my prayer for us all today.
Others on the journey have thoughts too. Please check them out.
Karen Eastland has a spunky view of heart that sounds a lot like the life of her sister, Virginia.
Fran has an incredible story of recovery and heart at Little Bits and Pieces.
Reflections on the Teche is full of Margaret's wonderful generosity, art, and a student's wow of a concrete poem.
Ruth at There is No Such Place as a Godforsaken Town is holding much in her heart...books and sharpies can be so emotional.
At Horizon 51, Chris gets to the 'heart of the matter' with some inspirational music and images of what fills her heart.
Ramona at Pleasures from the Page reminds me...and all of us of the importance of recording those family stories.
Maureen is in with reflections and a beautiful poem at Writing Beside Me.
Ruth Ayers Writes of the sacredness of story -- how it can be used for good or for ill. She makes me consider story in a new way.
Carol has been busy, busy, busy with little ones and lots more...but still takes time to ponder at Beyond Literacy.