four chambers, electrical impulse, & big love

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Last night, as I was sleeping,

I dreamt- marvelous error!-

that I had a beehive

here inside my heart.

And the golden bees

were making white combs

and sweet honey

from my old failures.

….Antonio Machado

wise heart, wishing heart….

The heart is a leisurely muscle. It differs from all other muscles. How many push-ups can you make before the muscles in your arms and stomach get so tired that you have to stop? But your heart muscle goes on working for as long as you live. It does not get tired, because there is a phase of rest built into every single heartbeat. Our physical heart works leisurely. And when we speak of the heart in a wider sense, the idea that life-giving leisure lies at the very center is implied. Never to lose sight of that central place of leisure in our life would keep us youthful. Seen in this light, leisure is not a privilege but a virtue. Leisure is not the privilege of a few who can afford to take time, but the virtue of all who are willing to give time to what takes time- to give as much time as a task rightly takes…….Brother David Steindl-Rast

courage comes from the power of healing, the authentic knowing of clarity…..we acknowledge each other through the heart’s wisdom….may we know gratitude through the heart’s full rhythm….we are enough…..

Native cultures feel that it is important to check the condition of the four-chambered heart daily, asking: ‘Am I full-hearted, open-hearted, clear-hearted, and strong-hearted?’ Where we are not full-hearted, we approach people and situations half-heartedly. The experience of feeling like we should do something when we don’t want to is the breeding ground for half-heartedness. When we are not open-hearted, we become closed-hearted. The answer is to soften and reopen the heart. Where we are not clear-hearted we are confused and carrying a doubting heart. This is where we need to wait. Where we are not strong-hearted is where we lack the courage to be authentic or to say what is true for us. This is where we have the courage to be all of who we are in our life…..Angeles Arrien

6 thoughts on “four chambers, electrical impulse, & big love

  1. There is much mystery to the heart (as an organ) and even more to the heart as a field of energy, and the pace of the seed atom we carry through eternity. There are two, three, and four chambered hearts, and a significance to each one. It is the center where the will of God is known, the place we can retreat to, open up to … The first and the last, the alpha and the omega … Much to contemplate here …

    • ….it is our home…..the place we center and recharge….the place that knows and helps us speak our truth…..intensely magical and mystical…..may your heart tick tock home g.f.s……

  2. I taught this morning, and afterward one of the students approached to talk about a life dream of writing a story (her story). We talked through it, and more than once, she said, ‘yeah, but no one would read it’, ‘no one would understand’, etc.

    Each time, I raised my finger to her lips. Eventually, she came to smile and understand what I had told her the first time – ‘it doesn’t matter, someone will, who it is doesn’t matter, the story is the story and it will find the place it is meant to fall….and in the meantime, you deny that person by giving yourself excuses for not starting’.

    ‘but’
    ‘no….start’
    ‘But I have terribly grammar’……
    ‘so what…….start…….stop being afraid and start’

    Yes, I wish I had thought of your words, this is our heart (our one heart) ‘open it; it’s enough’. Love this, Blue……….Let us cleave away the normal and reveal the sweet core of our extraordinary. ~ Love, Bobbie

    • your heart spoke to her……soul wishes revealed…..such a beautiful thing to encourage a life to breathe……beauteous heart to heart Bobbie……

  3. beautiful, as usual, Blue…. I esp. love this: ‘Am I full-hearted, open-hearted, clear-hearted, and strong-hearted?’ and thanks for the Machado poem, one of my old favorites! blessings on your Springtime…. Leigh

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