“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
This February marks a very special month and year! I shared a bit about the Lunar Year that just started and of course, everyone knows February as Heart Health month. Heart health is an extremely important topic that’s been the leading cause of death in the US for several years. In fact, it was only the other day that a US celebrity shared her survival story about her heart ‘episode’. Her message was absolutely clear: women (and men) need to prioritize their health and that was smart, not selfish!
Prioritizing my own health came one day after it was building up for years of being completely unaware and denying I even had a problem. My experience wasn’t a heart attack but more a heartache that lasted for many years. My unhappiness led to sleep deprivation then depression and suicidal thoughts. You see, I’m a recovered corporate burnout and prioritizing sleep was my ‘wakeup’ call. But today, as a health coach I see things differently, and I see my parents struggling to get a decent night’s sleep and how it impacts their outlook on life every single day.
“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand
This experience is telling me that even through our own struggles with our health, our relationships, our work and life, our emotional health, what comes from our heart is sometimes more important. Let’s face it, we’re all going to pass on one day but HOW we live, how much we are doing what we love, how much we are being loved, and loving others makes for the QUALITY of life we live. The heart is SO powerful that many partners in life pass on shortly after the other. I may be seeing this soon.
Although sleep has been linked to heart health in recent years and I’d love to share more in a future post how they are connected. I wanted to share a bit more about how the heart and brain are connected for now. This is a fascinating new scientific study through the HeartMath Institute that makes sense to me. ‘EVERYTHING is connected’ is one of my own personal paradigms and one way I approach helping others. Essentially, the heart sends more messages to our brain than the brain sending messages to our heart. The heart activity and rhythms have a direct effect on our emotions and how we manage stress. Check it out yourself on their website and tell me what you think.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu
Finally, February is about love, something we need to celebrate EVERY day, EVERY month. I’m so fortunate that I have someone like my niece, Keira and my beloved, Adriana in my life. Adriana celebrated a special birthday this year while Keira will be turning 2 this May. I never had the blessing of a child of my own so Keira is like the daughter I always wanted. I am however fortunate to have a son, Shanti, I raised since he was 12. Adriana, most of all, is the center of life and focus and my heart is full! I am grateful!