January seemed to go by really quickly this year. A bit quicker than usual… I don’t know about you, but I am glad that February is here. For one, we are another month closer to spring! February is also celebrated as the month where the focus shifts to the heart. Valentine’s Day and the American Heart Association’s focus on ‘heart health’ are two major events that happen in this month. Why not we celebrate the ‘spiritual heart’ along with the ‘physical heart’ this month? In this vein, all of February in #SpiritChat will be themed on the heart and its many manifestations and influences on our overall well-being.
As we step into this exploration of the heart and related matters, we can endeavor to first create a ‘road map’ to help keep us on track towards our goal of optimal heart-health. “If we don’t know where we are, and we don’t care where we are going, any road will get us there.” If we do know and we do care, we can activate the (spiritual) heart’s energy to guide us to our goal.
The use of color on our heart’s map can help our brain to make connections that would otherwise be difficult to make with the heart. Color can represent warm and cold states, and states of the heart in-between. When we say we are ‘feeling blue’, it is an expression to indicate our emotional state. So, blue can represent the ‘cold regions’ of our heart map. Red can represent the ‘warm regions’ where we feel a ‘rush of blood’ to the heart. The intermediate colors on the heart-map can represent the transition states. What color would represent a ‘happy space’ or a ‘balanced space’ on your heart’s map? Why? Reflect on it for a bit…
Once we have the heart-space mapped by colored regions, we can correlate them to our physical actions. What physical actions lead us into the ‘blue space’ and leave us there? What inner and outer interactions lead us into the ‘red space’? What kind of practices keep us in the innermediate ‘green’ or ‘yellow’ spaces?
Driving home from work one day during rush hour, I decided to do an exercise. I started tracking the number of times I got irritated (orange) and then angry (red), as a result of the actions of other drivers. I repeated this inner-tracking activity through the week, and I realized that after a few days, it became rare for me to be moved from a ‘calm’ green/yellow space to an ‘agitated’ orange/red space while driving. A simple yet power transformation brought about by simple observation.
Try it. Let me know if you observe the same effect. It doesn’t have to be related to driving – it could be any activity that you do repeatedly or on a regular basis. Like attending office meetings or reading facebook posts or watching the news… How does your heart’s colormap change and how quickly in response to these external triggers? How can you modify your actions or your reactions to preserve and grow your heart’s color of equanimity?
Our heart’s color state is important. It reflects in our external persona. We may not be aware of it, but our internal energy – its frequency, amplitude (intensity) and wavelength (color) – affects those near and afar. This is simple physics. Newton’s law of gravitation. We can use the awareness of our heart’s colormap to affect the world in a positive, purposeful and peaceful way. Let us do it, shall we?
P.S. I invite all of you to join the #SpiritChat community to share your heart’s colors with us – all colors are welcome. All the way from one end of the spectrum to the other. Black and white included. Sunday, February 5th at 9amET/2pmGMT. Let us kickoff the #heartmonth celebration in style. Namaste.