What do you carry in your heart?
Posted on Feb 05, 2018 by Jenna Crookshanks
This weekend I had an experience with someone I love quite dearly. We were having a conversation and frustration came out on both sides. Now, this frustration wasn’t with each other, but other things in life. We both reacted to the frustration in different ways. For myself, I reacted to it in fear and instantly chose to end the conversation and shut down for the day. Why am I telling you this? After the situation occurred, I really thought about how everything happened. Did the conversation have to end that way? Did it even have to occur like that? The answer is no, it didn’t. But it did, and the good thing is that we love each other anyway.
All of this to say that what I learned from this situation was what I carry in my heart. I saw that my natural inclination to uncertainty is to fear it and think of the worst possible outcome. (So positive, right?) I carry fear in my heart a lot. It is my first instinct in a lot of situations. I’ve made choices from fear, and I’ve sabotaged certain situations from fear. Now, not everyone reacts in fear, thank goodness. Some people react in anger, some in sadness, some in worry, and some in joy.
When an uncomfortable situation rises in your life, how do you react? Your reaction shows what you carry in your heart. Ancient Chinese medicine knew that the ability to hold joy in our hearts has a direct influence on our ability to hold health in our bodies. The only difference between now and then is that we don’t know that. We don’t realize that our emotions and our thoughts have a direct influence on our health. Well, it’s very real that they do.
I find that most people don’t really even know what it means to be aware of what they’re carrying in their heart. Some people just react to life and never see anything more. Some people have high awareness of what they carry and choose to change those things. Some people fall in between awareness and unseeing. If I’m honest, I’m in that space. Regardless of where you are, know that what you carry in your heart affects your life and your health. What you choose to do with that knowledge is yours.
The good news is that we don’t have to carry fear, sadness, anger, or worry. We really don’t. We are built for love and joy. So how do we get there? First, we see that we have responsibility in how we react to things. For myself, I saw the fear. After that, we ask ourselves why. Why do I carry fear in my heart? What happened to me that I need to let go of and heal from? Once we find that, we do the work to release those things.
Healing isn’t just improving our physical health. Healing is about doing the work to let go. Let go of the past heartaches. Let go of the pain. Let go of the fear of the future. Let go of the anger and frustration. It all starts with us and what we choose to carry in our hearts. Our natural state is to love without restriction and hold joy no matter the circumstances. What a beautiful knowing.
What are you carrying in your heart today? Will you choose to let it go?