Home is where the heart is. You make your home wherever you are spiritually connected. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. A home is where love is found in abundance; it is encouraged and appreciated. My home is filled with many delightful memories and tokens of love. It is warm and inviting, as well as, fun and joyful; furthermore, if I were ever uprooted from my house, I would always carry my home in my heart because of the love and joy I have experienced in my home. What does your home look like?
Posts tagged ‘heart’
What does “Listening With Your Heart” mean to you? It conveys those times when you allow love and your heart guide your ears to truly listen to another. It is during those times when you are not formulating what you are going to say next. You are truly taking in each word and making eye contact with the person who is speaking.
You are empathizing and valuing the person with whom you are engaging a conversation. How does it feel when you are speaking and those around you are truly engaged with their eyes and their hearts to your story? Can you imagine the love and joy your manifesting in another simply by listening with your heart?
- Pay Attention With Your Heart (janrmiesse.com)
What does HEART SPLASH mean to you? I think of it as making a splash with your heart, much like when an outfit or a room needs a splash of color…so does our world. Our world needs a splash of heart, feeling, compassion…love.
My heart splash comes in the form of art and words and action. I splash my heart whenever I can. When I am in my community, I seek opportunities to make someone smile even if it is just giving one of my own smiles to them.
When I am working in my studio/home office I look for ways on-line to splash my heart with my blog, comments, surprise e-mails. I have even been known to send out things in the regular mail. It has become quite special to receive a card or hand-written letter in the “snail-mail”. My friends and I call it happy mail. It is also wonderful to receive an unexpected phone call from a friend or acquaintance, just because he or she was thinking of you.
There are a zillion ways to create splashes of the heart. I invite you to imagine a world where more people splash their hearts. What is your personal HEART SPLASH?
- Your Heart – Chris Tomlin (wingrish.wordpress.com)
Charity, in practice, is generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless. It is benevolent giving and caring. I believe that charity is the contribution of ourselves and/or our resources to others in need; but, how do we do it when we have no more resources to give; what do can we do?
Perhaps, it is really a mind shift we need to make. Sometimes, the focus is on what monies people can give, which is probably the easiest thing to do because then people do not have to think about or reflect on the helplessness of others. People can pacify their guilt by contributing money to a worthy cause and feel relief that they did their part. How does that truly lift people in need? It certainly may take care of the immediate needs like food, water and medical attention to the destitute; but, what about the long-term? How does money alone really help them?
Charity, in virtue, is giving unlimited love and kindness. Charity, ideally, is giving of your whole self, your heart and your time. It is making others feel valued and empowered. It is a helping hand that lifts the soul and spirit of those who feel helpless. It is lifting the spirits of the sick and the poor. It is giving them hope and compassion. It is spending time with the homeless and the sick. It is sitting with people and listening. It is being completely present for them.
Charity also needs to begin with one’s self. You need to help yourself first and nurture your own heart before you can help others. An empty vessel cannot fill another’s cup. Once your own heart and soul is filled, then you can truly give of yourself to others. How does one fill his or her own’s heart and soul? That is a question people need to ask themselves. Start with what brings you bliss, peace and/or joy. It may be writing poetry, walking outdoors in nature, quietly meditating and praying, painting and creating crafts, interacting with other people or pets, or any activity that brings you bliss.
Perhaps some of the things that bring you joy is something you can share with others in charitable work, like sharing your poetry with a community of elderly or children or doing crafts with terminally ill patients in a hospice. Consider who you are and how you feel when you are at your best. Maybe you are a fabulous grant-writer or fundraiser, marketing specialist or web designer. These are wonderful gifts to share with a charitable organization. Ultimately, charity is of the heart, not necessarily the wallet. What can you give to others?
Transformation is traditionally defined as a marked change, as in appearance or character usually for the better. Transformation to me is more than just change positive or otherwise. It is a completely new form of yourself (reinvented or recreated), where you cannot go back because of new awareness. It is like waking up for the first time someplace different and never being able to go back. New experiences and new information has changed your outlook and perspective. Transformation involves your spirit, your heart and soul. You can no longer can look at something the same way again because of this new awareness and knowledge.
Most of the time this can be for the good; but, sometimes it can be negative. I am not going to dwell on the negative. When you discover something new about yourself or someone else or something else, you come to expect it. For example, I discovered that I a new way of combining digital art with art made on paper. This awareness has transformed the way I do art. Will I go back to just scanning in my little water colors without added things? Most likely, not. Embrace transformations, as it expands you!
Surprises often bring joy! I got a lovely surprise in the mail today.
A mystery friend sent me a card filled with inspirational words!
I love surprises. Below is the front of the card my mystery friend sent:
I did not even realize today is Friday the 13th (of January). It has been a pleasant day filled with one lovely surprise after another. Most of the surprises came from the friendly interactions I had with many people today both on-line and in person. All the people with whom I interacted face to face were not people I knew, but each one of them were super nice. I love exchanging pleasant words and gestures with them. It is the small things in life that make a world of difference in our hearts. I wonder how many small surprises I can create for others in the future to bring joy into their lives? Some things you just can’t plan. They just happen by surprise.
Courage is related to feelings of the heart as it is our ability to face or confront our fears, our pains, dangers, uncertainties and intimidation. When we have the heart to face our fears and pains, we are building confidence and our ability to love. Love takes courage.
Most often it takes courage to let go of someone we love especially when our loved one is tired of fighting a debilitating disease such as cancer. It takes a tremendous amount of love and courage to let them go. God bless everyone in this position. God, please gives us the courage to let go. God please give us the courage to celebrate their lives. Amen.
I define nurture in this passage as: to feed and protect; to support and encourage; foster. For our own well-being and that of the world it is important to nurture our friendships as well as our own hearts. I believe I can do both, nurture my heart and my friendships, at the same time. Spending time with friends, socializing, eating, drinking and being merry supports and encourages love and joy in our hearts. The hearts of our friends as well as our own hearts are being nurtured as we spend time together and simply being in the moment with each other by giving our undivided attentions to each other. Every moment we have is a blessing that should be fully appreciated. Sharing these precious moments with others is a great way to appreciate those moments and nurture our own hearts as well as the hearts of our friends. Friendship is a form of love that deserves to be nurtured.
I will nurture my heart by feeding it joy and protecting it from negative feelings. I will support and encourage my heart with only those activities that I take delight. I will foster happiness in my life. This will nurture me! By nurturing me, I can nurture my friends and the world. Self-care is so important. It is vital that we do not neglect ourselves. How are we able to take care of others when we are not taking care of ourselves?
Nurture…feed, protect, support, encourage, foster…our hearts and our friendships with joy and love.