Are you living in your head or from your heart?
What does it feel like to live in our heads? When we live in our heads we over think, we easily tire, we literally feel our minds buzzing with distractions. We feel mentally, spiritually, and emotionally cluttered. Living in our heads is heavy, burdensome, and tiring.
What does it feel like to live from our hearts? We feel connected to God, to ourselves, and to others. We feel passion and love. We enjoy the moment. We’re serene and happy.
Living in our heads is draining; living from our hearts is invigorating. Living in our heads drives us to isolate.; living from our hearts leads us to connect more deeply with others.
I think many of us are disconnected from our hearts. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the heart is “the place of encounter.” The heart is the deepest center of the person, the place where we are most authentically ourselves, the place where we encounter the living and Triune God. The more we connect with our hearts, the more we connect with the Lord who dwells in us.
So how do we make this journey from living in our heads to living from our hearts? I’ve been trying to do just that. I’ve consciously distanced myself from technology. I’ve gotten off of Facebook and Twitter and disabled email on my iPhone. Yes, I still use the internet and email daily, but I’ve consciously stepped away from a lot of it. It’s made a big impact in a short amount of time. I’m more peaceful, and I’m more connected to the Lord, myself, and others.
So here are some steps you can take to get out of your head and into your heart:
- Minimize distractions in your daily life. Let technology be your servant not your master.
- Declutter. Get rid of the clothes you don’t need. Clean off your desk. Get rid of those items you’ve been wanting to throw away.
- Consciously slow down during the day. Remember that you are a temple of the Lord.
- Make time for daily silence; open your heart to the Lord in deeper prayer.
- Be present to people. Look them in the eyes. Be conscious that God is present in your encounter with each and every person.
- Commit to some type of physical exercise.
- Enjoy nature.
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