Inside the rib cage is not the only place to find heart. Heart also has other expressions in the world. It’s not only the pumping organ beating in the chest. Cardiac surgeons see that kind of heart every day. But all of us can experience many kinds of heart—heart in the moments of our existence. It is something we can’t directly touch, but “some thing” we clearly know is there. Our human experience enables us to find heart.
When I have my senses open and my intuition on, I find heart. The heart evoked is nebulous—I can’t touch it or point to it, but I know it is there because I sense its warmth. This heart calls for celebration just by its nature.
Here is where I find heart:
- Seeing the young and old—I find heart taking in the energy and enthusiasm of children and all newborn life, and the wisdom and acceptance of the elderly and all aged living things.
- Admiring genuine smiles—I find heart in sincere grins of happiness and gratitude, who or whatever wears them.
- Watching hard-working living beings—I find heart admiring a job well done, fueled by the “labor” of love.
- Participating in acts of kindness—I find heart in unexpected caring actions that occur out of nowhere.
- Giving or receiving a gentle touch—I find heart in a compassionate pat on the shoulder or arm.
I rejoice in these expressions of heart. Please let me know where and how you find heart, so we can celebrate it, too.