By Katarzyna Szumal
“The heart is the perfection of the whole organism. Therefore the principles of the power of perception and the soul’s ability to nourish itself must lie in the heart.” — Aristotle
This month’s issue is about the power of the heart, the heart chakra and gratitude. Thank you to the thousands of new and returning readers that have joined Conscious Community Magazine this month. Our community is expanding, and it’s great to see that so many people want to feel, want to be connected, and want to be in a community of like-minded people.
Did you know that the electromagnetic field generated by the heart is about 60 times greater in amplitude than that of the brain, and can be detected by an electrocardiogram (ECG) anywhere on the surface of the body?! The heart’s magnetic field is about 100 times greater than that of the brain, and can be detected up to three feet away from the body, according to the book Science of the Heart by Rollin McCraty.
Many spiritual traditions emphasize the importance of the heart as a gateway to higher states of being. In the Christian tradition, Jesus offered his followers the truly heart-based commandment, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” which embraces the qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, and joy for ourselves as well as others.
In the Buddhist tradition, the gateway for entry into the heart’s energy is the discipline of mindfulness. Mindfulness is developed through a meditation practice in which practitioners are attentive to their bodily states, emotions, sensations and thoughts.
Our heart chakra (located in the middle of the chest) is a getaway into the spiritual realm, as well as the deeper spiritual levels of all of the chakras. When the heart chakra flows well, we feel connected with ourselves. It gives us another perspective on ourselves and the world through which we can begin the process of healing the wounds and traumas of our past, and discover a deeper, truer, more spiritual part of ourselves.
Our world is going through a big transition right now. More than ever before, we can ask ourselves, “What kind of lives do we want to live?” I see a world with more heart-centered communities in which the diversity of individuals, cultures, traditions, and religions are respected and honored.
I’m grateful and thankful for all of your support and being an integral part of this community.