You’re All Heart

‘You’re all heart’, is a phrase that we often use. Along with such phrases as … ‘hard hearted’… ‘cold heart’ … ‘heart of stone’ … ‘heart of gold’ and so forth. This seems a long way from the conventional medical view of the heart as a mechanical pump. Yet we use this language all the time. Why? Anyone who has fallen in love has become aware of unbelievable sensations in the heart. Is it their imagination? No. The feelings are real. And now science is finally catching up with what we all intuitively know. Oriental medicine recognises that the heart is central. The heart is what will drive people to do the seemingly impossible, or to go against all your survival instinct.

 

In 2015, Philadelphian Charles Collins instantly leaps down onto a railway track to save a complete stranger. He does not hesitate. He could not have possibly thought about all the pros and cons and come to a logical conclusion. He acted immediately. I believe that the motivating force came from his heart.

 

The heart has a large bundle of nerves, the cardiac plexus. Science has demonstrated that there is a bidirectional pathway between the brain and the heart and that the heart is sending a lot more information to the brain, than the brain sends down to the heart. The heart is also an endocrine organ. It produces oxytocin, the so-called love hormone. This is the hormone that bonds a mother to her newborn child. It also produces the neurotransmitter serotonin, that makes you feel happy.

 

If you listen to your heart, you will know what to do.

 

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