My favourite all time drama is ‘Heartbeat’.  Filmed and set in North Yorkshire, it recreates the lives of village folk during the 1960’s. It was originally based around a newly married couple, a female doctor and a bobby on the beat.  Hence the apt title ‘heartbeat’.  Sixties music and interlacing long term relationships produce convincing story lines, enjoyable television and of course, invoke my own fond childhood memories.

One of the reasons I have an enduring soft spot for the programme is its title ‘Heartbeat’.  I resonate with the synergy between life and heart.  And let’s face it, without a heartbeat we simply wouldn’t be alive. Yet so many of us live life, simply existing, without allowing our hearts to beat fully and experience all the emotions they were designed to feel.

It may help to think of your ‘heart’ as that part of you that feels, or experiences those aspects of life that invoke great emotion. That part of us which takes us into the realm of the indescribable and sublime. For example, the feeling of falling in love, the joy of bringing a child into the world, the pride and satisfaction of gaining hard earned promotion and the excitement of white water rapid rafting.  It also means that the heart is capable of undergoing much pain and suffering. This too is part of what makes us feel alive and separates us from living robotic, mundane lives.

Perhaps you did give your heart permission to be free once, and got so damaged that you vowed never to do it again. For others, it may be the case that by following your heart you ended up in a whole heap of trouble!  Unforgiveness may have a strong hold on your heart, leading to bitterness and resentment. Many people live their entire lives allowing their heart or emotions to rule.  This is reflected in most ‘soaps’ on the T.V. screen,  jealousy, vengeance, anger and an unfathomable need to be loved to name a few.  All these situations and a host of others are possible. It is therefore highly important that we guard or protect our hearts at all times. This does not mean we keep it so tightly locked that nothing is allowed to go in or come out.  If this happens, we do just exist, life without warmth, exuberance or purpose.  It does mean that we are careful about who and what we expose our hearts to. A balance between experiencing life in its fullness and keeping our emotions under control is vital if we are to master happiness. Maintaining a healthy heartbeat by dealing with situations as they arise, and then laying them to rest is essential for our wellbeing.  It is imperative to learn from past mistakes and circumstances which resulted in heartache of any kind. Employ a filter system that allows people and situations in that match your value system.  Use that same system to give out of your heart to those who will benefit from it.  This is a great opportunity to reassess your value system.  Check that you hold beliefs which will enable you to develop your character whilst maintaining the purity and integrity of your most important life principles. In relation to heart they might include values like:

  • My own personal development/spirituality/health/ well being is a top priority in my life
  • I choose to work through painful episodes, forgiving myself and others
  • Having fun/enjoying myself, for a part of every day, is vital
  • Appreciating my blessings is a daily practice
  • Having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is my ethos
  • Giving of myself to others whenever I can

Maybe your value system is based around protecting yourself because of past hurt.  I know people like this.  They are living incredibly restricted lives based on fear. This is so sad.  And yet, what would happen if they did open their heart to the fullness of what this life has to offer?  How does being hurt in the past mean that they will be hurt again in the future? And even if they are, they can learn how to handle it to become stronger and bigger people.  Surely the potential benefits outweigh any pitfalls along the way.

Perhaps if we focus on these potential benefits it will help us to give our hearts the freedom they need to do their job-beat! So, what do you stand to gain?

  • Fullness
  • Happiness
  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Contentment
  • Confidence
  • Self acceptance
  • Wholeness
  • Good health
  • Potential fulfilled

With these benefits of a fully functioning heartbeat, why choose to live with one that’s pulsating poorly!

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