The heart of the matter

‘And Now Here Is My Secret, a Very Simple Secret; It Is Only with the Heart That One Can See Rightly, What Is Essential Is Invisible to the Eye’. –Antoine De Saint-Exupery

I love this quote from ‘The Little Prince’. For me it represents the very essence of humanity – a world full of emotion and dependent on the beating heart. Courage is related to a strong heart. Sadness brings a ‘broken-heart’. Your heartbeat quickens with excitement and, arguably, the ‘thinking’ heart (it has its own ‘brain’) helps you to intuitively know right from wrong.

It also reminds me of the 5 basic principles of Reiki, where:

Just for Today,
Do not anger;
Do not worry;
Be grateful;
Work hard; and
Be kind to others.

For me these are all essential matters relating to the heart:

    be present, live for today, focus on the power of Now;

    do not become emotionally distracted by anger or worry;

    be grateful for and content with all that you have and make the most of your opportunities, even when things don’t quite work out as you planned;

    give of your best at all times; no-one can ask any more of you. Be content that you always give 100% effort in all that you do;

    look after your ‘neighbour’ and show respect. Help the needy and vulnerable. You will feel contentment in your heart if you do – guaranteed!

So, now that you know this very simple secret, learn or continue to live with a heart filled with contentment, compassion and the courage to take the next steps that you understand (in your ‘heart-of-hearts’) will help you achieve all that you desire.

2 responses to “The heart of the matter

  1. Thank you for the reminder. All of it is so much easier said than done! To live every day in this manner is my goal, but it is a work in progress every day. Some days I am pretty close. Some days, not so much! There is always tomorrow.

    Glad to hear you are enjoying your reiki training.

  2. Hi Debbie, you’re absolutely right. It’s all about practice and persistence. If it was easy then anyone could do it. But that’s the Secret; learn to listen to and follow your heart and in so doing become compassionate in all that you do. Thanks for stopping by, take care. Stephen

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