Paulo Coelho, in his marvelous book The Alchemist, has his protagonist talking about his heart. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."
How does your heart feel today?
Literally put your hand on your heart and feel your heart beating. Listen to what your heart is telling you.
Are there cares, or worries, or hidden feelings of self-doubt or low self-worth? Are there holes or bruises in your heart? As the year comes to a close, and we gather with friends and family to celebrate and give thanks, now is a time for you to heal your heart:
- Make peace with actions done in your past
- Forgive others
- Pay attention to the positive
Your heart gives you guidance. In this past year, all of us have faced challenge.
Was there a relationship that ended sourly? Did you have an argument that you never resolved? Did you suffer a terrible loss? Did you have to do something that you really didn't want to do?
Your heart wants to beat brightly and to know that you still love and care for it, in spite of the pain and suffering.
You heart wants to know that your courage will strengthen it and your love will keep it beating.
Heal your heart. If there are heart memories that you hold that are weighing you down, write them on a small piece of paper and burn them!
I've done this with letters, notes, or mementos that signify negative past memories: at the close of the year, collect all of this "detritus" and release it, giving thanks for what you've learned in the past year.
Cast off the pain from your heart.
Take care of your heart.
Soothe it and be gentle with it.
Let's treat our hearts with as much care and understanding as we treat small children.
Let's put our hands on our hearts and pledge to our hearts that we take care of them, that we listen to them, and we act on their yearnings.
I encourage you to take good care of your heart: heal it, hold it, and keep it in your highest regard: your heart will not let you down when you follow it.
Monica S. Flores is a full-time web developer through 10K Webdesign, where she focuses on building websites for green businesses, progressive organizations, and multicultural women enterpreneurs. As a blogger through A Successful Woman, she offers reviews (for CSN Stores, she is promoting eco-friendly home bar furniture), product listings, and advertising. Please follow her on Twitter as @monicadear.