We go to physicians to examine our bodies; dentists to inspect our teeth; chiropractors to explore the curvature in our spines – but what about our hearts? When was the last time your heart had a check up? When I speak of heart, I’m referring to the centre of you as a person; the space where you express and experience emotion, affection, enthusiasm and spirit. It’s an important question, as it is only when there is a healthy flow within our hearts that we can truly be at our best. Let me explain, when our hearts are healthy, we have space for our emotions to flow with ease; energy for the things that matter most; and perspective to appreciate the lives we have.
The flow within our hearts helps determine our ability to be present in relationships, focused at work and responsive to our mental, emotional and physical needs. However, for many of us, having a healthy flow can be a daily struggle. Throughout life, we experience betrayal and regret, frustration and anger, sadness and loss – many of which are normal parts of life. However, when such experiences remain unresolved, we risk creating a ‘build up’, which blocks the flow of our hearts. As such, genuine feelings of love and happiness are difficult to experience because we’re clogged with lingering resentment, anger,guilt and fear. This lack of flow can stifle our most important relationships with our partners, families, colleagues, and most importantly, ourselves.
If this is something you relate with, please know you are not alone. All of us experience chapters in our lives in which we feel our hearts are blocked. And the good news is that there is so much you can do to get your heart flowing as it is meant to. Connecting with a therapist, joining a support group or spending quality time with those closest to you are great ways of mending your heart. As a therapist, my work is to help individuals safely explore the contents of one’s heart, including both your strengths, as well as those areas that are in need of restoration. Remember – your heart is the most central part of who you are, so do take the time to check in, and give it the attention it so deserves.
This blog was originally published on Toronto Wellness Counselling.