There is a particular self-destructive tendency I hope to bring to light today so that you can be freed of it or any of its derivatives. When your heart and mind are properly aligned, the full force and effect of your true nature can be known. If, however, they are at odds or disoriented, your expression will almost certainly be subpar, reactive, unbalanced and inappropriate.
Your critical mind is designed in such a way that it can firewall your emotional reactions to the world around you. Left unchecked, your emotional reactions can cascade, where one reaction leads to the next, even if the laundry list of events or things you are reacting to are unrelated. When heart and mind work in concert, however, they check and balance one another in a way that the dish can no longer run away with the spoon.
If you try to stop a runaway train by just putting on the brakes, you run the risk of burning through the brakes if you don’t also remove the power. So it is with heart and mind. Your mind can put on the brakes, so to speak, by tempering your powerful emotional realm with rational, critical thinking. That said, your emotional realm, once described as a beast rising up out of the sea, cannot be fully subdued by your mind.
So what can be done? Are we always at mercy of a fickle and refractory heart? Fortunately, we are not. Your heart can be “caught up unto God, and to his throne.” In other words, you can direct the orientation of your heart over time. And as I’ve said before, what has your heart has you, so you’d better be careful about where you focus the meditations of your heart.
One of the keys to centering your heart can be found in the attitude of thankfulness. Rather than focusing on that which is lacking, missing or askew in your world, develop the habit (and again this takes time) of centering the meditations of your heart on that for which you can be thankful. Deemphasize the destructive emotions (at first they’ll be hard to ignore but if you’re consistent over time you’ll quickly gain distance and perspective) and give weight to those emotions which you know are conducive to a creative outcome.
Both heart and mind can be focused and strengthened. These mechanisms for the expression of your true nature are not faulty, neither are they poorly designed. They are perfectly designed, but like any tool, they must be properly used to work properly.
Why not end the abuse by overcoming this self-destructive tendency? It will take time and you will make mistakes along the way, but greater dexterity with these two simple tools will transform your outlook and rock your world!