We are a society of action.
On the converse side, we are a society of inaction.
We are intrinsically connected to social media, family, grocery stores, coffee shops and the nearest gas station. Our calendars tell us where to go, when to go and how fast to get there.
Training plans tell us how much to move, when to move, how far to bend and when to get massages.
Our inaction stems from not making the heart and mind match.
We don’t take time to connect to the mind. The mind whirls and spins and causes aches and pains in the body that we say are just because we’re getting older… genetic… due to stress…
Really, the pain comes because we don’t listen to the messages the body describes in images, sounds, signals and energy.
We still believe the body is just a mechanism for carrying the brain from room to room.
We still believe the mind is in control of the body and heart.
When lightning strikes and causes a fire that threatens our homes and community, we pull together. We are a society of action that doesn’t know how to act. We’re not all trained fire fighters. Do we stand on our lawn shouting encouragement? Bake cookies for those in the line of danger? Write missives for the newspaper and berate others on social media for not caring enough?
Do we go about our daily lives blaming politicians for not having enough equipment at hand? Do we continue to cart our children from activity to activity, promising them that birthday parties and gymnastics are just as important as where they’ll lay their head when dark falls?
How do we make the heart and mind match?
We come together as a community and talk about the things that matter. And we keep talking, even when heartbeats quicken and tempers rise because really, it’s all important.
We speak the truth. When our throat closes up because the mind wants to shove the words back into the crevasses of the soul, we get really strong and say them with a quiver in the voice because Truth is coming out.
We hold our aging parents in our strong arms and listen with our hearts when they whisper that they’ve outlived their usefulness.
We quit jobs that take time and attention away from those we love. We rearrange our lives and have difficult conversations and make difficult decisions so that our hearts can remain open and the one life we are given is lived with ultimate truth.
We don’t say that it’s “hard” to make the mind and heart match. It isn’t hard. The only difficult part is that when you’re stuck in inaction, finding momentum can be a challenge. Once the momentum begins, there’s no holding back. The mind and heart will match because that is the only possibility.