One of life’s greatest lessons is one that relatively few people ever learn. It is quite a simple lesson, actually, but its implications are profound and somewhat difficult to put into words. The lesson is this: your mind and heart must come into alignment for you to be truly effective in life.
You’ve probably heard that statement before, or one of its variants, but what exactly does it mean?
Your heart and mind are the womb of your creative capacity. The seeds of your life expression gestate in this womb. When your heart and mind are working together, the integrity of the womb is assured. When they are at odds, you put the integrity of the womb at risk.
How do you get to a state where heart and mind are unified in function? For starters, they must be unified in purpose. You must have an overarching purpose in your life if there is any hope for a lasting cooperation between your heart and mind. It is best to articulate your purpose in a clear and concise manner, so as to avoid any confusion when the going gets rough (as it does on occasion).
Second, you must consecrate yourself to that purpose. If you can be convinced to violate that purpose, you will be. If, however, you hold it sacred come hell or high water, then you are well on your way to living an uncommonly generative life. One of the side effects of dedicating yourself to a purpose is that it forces you to come to terms with those elements in your life that may be detracting you from its achievement.
In life you will invariably have both supporters and detractors. There will be those who stand behind you if not with you come thick or thin, as well as those who seek to convince you of the impossibility of your goal. Pay special attention to the former group and remember that you needn’t listen to all that you hear when it comes to those who compose the latter.
Third, you must remember that your feelings are not your compass. They are useful to the degree that they allow you to form an impression of the world around you, but they must be tempered by a mind conscious of right. Such a mind focuses the lens of rational thought on anything that comes into view and resists the temptation to rationalize the irrational feelings that occasionally rise up from the heart.
Remember this and you will save yourself a mountain of trouble: you are not your feelings. Neither are you the child of your thoughts. Your feelings and your thoughts are useful vehicles to the degree that they clothe your soul’s finest wishes as you set about the accomplishment of your life purpose.
If you keep these three points in mind as you set about your day you will find that your heart and mind naturally gravitate over time back into alignment. You needn’t wait for a near-death experience or a life-threatening illness to come to terms with your life purpose. The seeds of the “aha” moment are present with you always.
The question is: are you willing to tend to them, to allow the magic of life to transform you from the inside-out? When heart and mind are aligned and working together, nothing can stop you!