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Heart Vulnerable: A Sweet & Healing Medicine

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Heart Vulnerable: A Sweet & Healing Medicine

From the moment we arrive in this world, we are aware of what all our senses tell us about our surroundings. When our mother’s arms embrace us and we feel warmth and a caring heart, we begin to feel peace, comfort and love in our new world.

What we are doing is learning, quite naturally, to allow ourselves to be more heart vulnerable. Now, heart vulnerability is not a process that produces what you may commonly associate with vulnerability – being open to hurt, injury or attack.

Neither is heart vulnerability being sentimental or mushy or trying to “do good” and letting others walk on you, or allowing another’s feelings to pull you down. Being heart vulnerable is staying solidly centered in your heart while you feel what’s really going on and listen to your common-sense heart intelligence.

Many people believe that while we are children, and even as adults, we retain the memory of that initial security we felt in the arms of a parent. Most of us know too that the trials and tribulations of life can make this a distant memory. When we start school or strike out on our own, it is natural to become more cautious in strange surroundings with new people and stimuli. When, however, we suffer heartbreak in love, lose a dear relative or friend or experience any of life’s pressing challenges, a great number of us instinctively insulate ourselves from the world. If we haven’t received external support, as we did in infancy, we frequently go to great lengths to protect ourselves: We may shut out our feelings, avoid relationships or grow bitter and angry.

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Sara, from Institute of HeartMath

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.

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3:44PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

I keep trying! Thank you for this.

7:37PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

I heart heart math :-)

11:23AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

thanks.

6:36PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

thanks

5:47PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

3:45PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Thanks

2:57PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

thanks

1:48PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Thank you for the article.

11:56AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

I like the idea of being heart vulnerable, and connecting with the wisdom of the heart. It is because we are so heart vulnerable, that we shield ourselves with all sorts of armour and defense mechanisms, according to Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron. She has a very similar teaching to this article. We are delicate fragile beings much of the time, and can learn to connect with this, and develop courage to face our emotions and the emotions of others.

11:51AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

I like the idea of being heart vulnerable, and connecting with the wisdom of the heart. It is because we are so heart vulnerable, that we shield ourselves with all sorts of armour and defense mechanisms, according to Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron. She has a very similar teaching to this article. We are delicate fragile beings much of the time, and can learn to connect with this, and develop courage to face our emotions and the emotions of others.

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