Let’s talk about the head and the heart.
It’s a great band. But furthermore, these are two guiding sources that we all have.
Most think it’s “woo-woo” to talk about the heart. So let’s start with the head, that being your mind.
Your mind is what takes in and holds information. Everything in your mind is conceptual, having been formed of notions and ideas. It reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, and judges. It decides what you’re going to believe to be true and it sets them into place. Your mind decides how you’re going to experience the world and how you’re going to act in it.
Now, the heart. Your heart is an organ—that’s fact. Everything else about the “heart” is conceptual, but you can’t deny it’s truth. The heart is the innermost essential part of everything. It’s spirit, courage, intuition, emotion, and enthusiasm. It’s what you feel on a cellular level. Your heart also can decide how you’re going to experience the world and how you’re going to act in it.
99% of what you hold in your mind has come from outside sources. That being: the conditioning from parents, teachers, and loved ones about what’s right or wrong, the amazing commercials that tell you of your need for the perfect coverage make-up, the clearest sound speakers, or the snazzy car that makes you think windy road scenic adventures are in your future, or the every day conversations you have with your family where you hear how you messed up a school project or how great your cooking is. This is everyday life, and it’s all information. It’s all information that stimulates your mind and produces another thought, and another thought, and another thought until you eventually start seeing the flaws on your skin you didn’t see before or how terrible your vehicle is because it’s not taking your on scenic windy road adventures, etc. What’s amazing about all of this is, your mind can be controlled. Sounds exhausting, which is why most don’t take the time to do it. But it definitely also sounds exhausting to not do it—amen?
But do you know what can’t be controlled?
Your heart always knows and it always has. It naturally lead you to pick up that instrument you have never put down, it guided you to ask the girl out, and it said “leap!” I’ve got you.” The noise and loudness of everyone and everything else has drowned out the soft voice of your heart, but it hasn’t gone away—and it never will. It will never steer you wrong. And the more you resist it, the more it will tap at you.
So get a little quiet, and begin to listen to what it has to say. It’ll take some time at first to swim through your thoughts, but eventually you’ll hear it, and it will guide you to EXACTLY where you need to be.
Justina and the Ignite Yoga Team