“It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking, than it is to think your way into a new way of acting.” This beautiful bit of wisdom comes from Millard Fuller, who was the co-founder of Habitat for Humanity.
Is your heart in it?
The science of communication between the heart and the brain is called ‘neuro-cardiology’. At the cutting edge of that science is a whole field of more esoteric research to do with the intelligence of the heart, or ‘heart intelligence’. It speaks, in part, of the wholly beneficial release of neurochemicals when ‘our hearts are in’ whatever were doing, boosting wellbeing and immunity throughout the body.
When we ‘learn’ from our inner lives – our instincts, our hearts, our senses, our subtle feelings and knowings – things happen!
Our world is full of distractions pulling us this way and that, leaving our minds fragmented and frayed and our systems exhausted. Getting caught up in all that, is one of the most debilitating diseases of the 21st century. Mindfulness asks us to slow down, to observe what’s going on inside us and out, and to listen to our inner instructions.
Keeping our heads in the heart of the matter means not getting pulled this way and that by brain tangents. It means not getting persuaded by the ego in one of its many displays. Coming from the heart means you don’t have to hide behind a persona. It means staying with what is important, what rings true, not to the ego, but to the whole of you. It means being true to you – with courage, love and defiance.
We hope you enjoy our stick dance inspired by the rhythm in the song, Heart of the Matter, which was originally inspired by a bunch of teenagers ‘bustin’ grooves’ at Cadence Company summer camp.