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Thinking with your Heart

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Love_treeI’m usually in my head. I’m pretty darn smart, I like to think about things, and I’m good at it. I often use words like: “interesting”, “think”, and “analyze”. My mind is pretty powerful. But I miss a lot when I don’t think with my Heart.

First let’s talk about what it means to think with our heart. We often associate emotion with our heart, and there is certainly this component to it, but Thinking with our heart isn’t just feeling emotions. Thinking with your heart means that you are connecting to the human, not just the situation.

Here is an example: Imagine a teacher. Let’s call him, Bob. If Bob is a thinking only teacher, and he had a failing student, say, Al, he might give Al an F, just figuring Al isn’t as smart. Bob might also try to get Al to do better by reviewing the lesson with Al. Bob is trying all he can from a thinking perspective. Bob might say, “Al, just isn’t getting it, and I’ve tried explaining it all the ways I know.”

But suppose Bob was thinking with his heart. Now Bob might ask Al to have lunch and ask him, “What’s going on in your life?” Maybe Al has some real challenges at home. Instead of reviewing the the lessons, this version of Bob would want to take a different approach. This Bob might tell Al, “At home, you might be given messages that you’re not good enough, but I don’t believe that for a minute. You are good enough, and I know you can do a lot better in my class. I believe in you.”

See the difference?

I’ve given myself a challenge. I can think with my heart, but it doesn’t occur as frequent as I’d like. My challenge is to create structures in my life to connect to my heart more frequently. I will be in touch with the human not just the situation. And I am confident that people will notice and appreciate the difference.

I’d like to hear from you. What in your day helps you experience life from your heart? Are there things that you do on purpose, or are does it just seem to happen naturally for you? What would you recommend I try?

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