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So very often February is considered the month for our heart. February brings us Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. As if that isn’t enough focus on our heart, we also get to experience National Wear Red Day on February 2nd.
So what is all this fuss about a small muscle in our chest? Why is so much attention given to this highly complex thing that we all have and sometimes choose to ignore – physically and spiritually? Since I am an acupuncturist, the lenses I often look through are those of Chinese Medicine. In Chinese medicine, the heart is called the Supreme Controller. Thousands of years ago, the ancient Chinese understood how critical the heart was to the health and well being of each person. The Supreme Controller is high on a pedestal and commands the kingdom of our body. Everything else in our body has a job to do, however, the most important job of all is to protect the heart.
Let’s face it, if your heart is not working so well…neither is anything else. Look at all the sayings in our language that are associated with the heart. To name a few:
So how do we protect this essential organ? How do we follow our heart? And how do we listen to what it needs in order to ensure we are living a satisfying and healthy life filled with love and happiness? Each of us should take the time on a regular basis to determine how we are treating our heart. From a physical standpoint, are we doing the best things to protect our heart with diet, exercise, and regular checkups? Equally important, are we doing the things we need to do to nourish and protect our heart in a spiritual way? Do we take time to meditate, explore and appreciate nature to restore our souls? And what about joy? In Chinese Medicine, the emotion associated with the heart is joy. Do we allow ourselves the space in our lives to experience joy? Joy does not have to be exuberant and high energy. Joy can be, and often is, in our experiences, which bring warmth to our heart and a smile to our face. The laughter of our children, the enjoyment of our friends’ company, and warm conversations around a crackling fire.
So let the fire spark in your heart and do everything you can to protect and nurture it. Set aside time for loved ones, good friends and hobbies or experiences which feed your heart. Shy away from people and experiences that leave your heart empty and alone.
Happy Heart Month. We have one heart – love and nurture that little muscle!
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