Paths to a Healthy Heart

In 1963, Congress declared February “American Heart Month.” At Care2, we like to pay special attention to the heart, both hearts: The heart of the body and the heart of the soul. We thought this would be the perfect time to wear our heart on our sleeves and share with you the paths to a healthy heart, by way of mind, body and spirit.

With best-selling author Deepak Chopra

There is a center in the body where love and spirit are joined, and that center is the heart. It is your heart that aches or swells with love, that feels compassion and trust, that seems empty or full. Within the heart is a subtler center that experiences spirit. A single point in the heart can expand to liberate the world.

Meditate on the Heart
Love and spirit are forming a
connection every time you meditate
on the heart, starting with the
first time. The language of spirit
comes to us as silent assurance,
self-acceptance, patience, an
appreciation of simply being.


Love from the Heart
The wisdom traditions of the world, both East and West, tell us that love, in its essence, is the force of spirit, that all love ultimately is the play of the divine.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Love

From Natural Solutions Magazine and Care2 Green Living

Seven New Health Heart Tests
To determine your heart health, you have to look at more than just cholesterol. A host of new tests measure inflammation and blood fats (lipids) to provide more specific information about your cardiovascular fitness and the level of risk you face from heart disease.
Test yourself

Three Simple Changes for Your Heart
It’s as easy as one, two, three!

Get started

Vitamins: Get Extra Help for Your Heart
Many of us take vitamins for a number of reasons, but did you know that vitamins can provide a great boost to the health of your heart?

Boost it

Eating for Heart Health Quiz
Good food, happy heart; bad food, grumpy heart. It’s easy to eat for heart health, every meal, every day. By adding certain foods, herbs and spices to your diet, you can establish a strong foundation for a healthy heart.Eat it

Bodywork For Your Heart
The heart is a muscle which needs exercise to stay in shape, just like any other muscle. When you exercise regularly, you can actually help prevent heart disease by lowering risk factors such as high blood pressure and blood cholesterol. Plus, exercise boosts heart energy!

Work it

Is Stress Hurting Your Heart?
Studies show that stress affects heart health. But what can you do about it? There actually is good stress, and bad stress, and you can learn to recognize the difference and manage stress, specifically for heart health.

Don’t stress it

Stress Busters for Your Heart
Treating your heart with respect can be as simple as lessening the burden of stress. You may not be able to eliminate the stressors in your life, but by following these seven stress-busting practices, you can lessen the havoc that stress wreaks on your heart.

Bust it

from The Chopra Center Cookbook

Combing modern nutritional science and Ayurveda—the most ancient healing system on the planet, The Chopra Center Cookbook features low-fat recipes that take the guesswork out of choosing food that is good for your body. By feeding yourself with vibrant, natural food, you can promote great heart health, as well as some soul-warming satisfaction.

Rainbow Risotto
Pigments in fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals and antioxidants—things that make the heart oh so happy by regulating cholesterol and fighting inflammation. Eating an array of colorful natural food also helps to inhibit cancer and protect brain cells. Here’s a great recipe to incorporate a rainbow into your dinner.

Taste the rainbow

Sweet Potato Ginger Soup
This soup’s spirited bright color is the first sign of its heart-healthy nutrients. Add to that its low fat content and its sweet and savory scrumptiousness, and you’ll be making more than just your heart happy.

Savor it

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Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thank you.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

GreenseasKat C.
kathryn cook5 years ago

although I am lost on the comments posted here - ty for the article

Valderine Zudell
Valderine Zudell7 years ago

One thing that would go a long way toward keeping our hearts healthy and strong would be to become aware of pharmaceuticals that contain fluoride and stop believing that cholesterol is "bad".
Fluorides block the natural building blocks needed by all our muscles. Since the heart is essentially a muscle, to deprive it of the basic building blocks it needs to function and repair itself, the Statins that are prescribed to lower cholesterol actually contribute to the weakening of the heart. The foods we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe have been so contaminated with fluoride compounds that we are subjected to overdoses of this toxic chemical at every turn. One of the first signs of problems will often be thyroid problems, obesity, auto immune diseases. It is a slow insiduous process that does it's damage slowly and cumulatively before most signs become evident. It behooves each of us to educate ourselves because even most of our Doctors have not recognized and become educated to these damages. They only know what the Pharma Manufacturers want them to know and very few go beyond this. Check it out if you want to keep your heart healthy!

Storm W.
Storm W.7 years ago

I've always believed that the Universe recognizes affirmative, growth-promoting statements, and dismisses (ignores) negative, unproductive statements, and that the core for sending out what we want into the Universe comes from the heart. I've heard from quantum physics professors that the words "NO" and "NOT" have a null resonance, meaning that they don't even register a resonance on a quantum level, so if you use a negative to express something, the negative doesn't even show up. Because of that, when we say something like "I will not fear", the Universal Resonance only gets "I will _ fear"... so the energy going out, and the energy coming back, reflect an opposite of what was intended. Because of this, I allow my heart to speak for what it -does- want, and what I -will- do, and what I -do- see. I use positive, constructive language, to make -sure- that the actual intention of the resonance comes across. Using a similar example to above, I would state my desire as "I will live courageously, accepting my fears and moving through them or past them." This doesn't require faith, as much as it requires an understanding that all existence is energetic in nature... it is only the vibration of our lives (the resonance) that makes the difference between activating progressive, inert, and regressive (blocking) energies.

Angela S.
Angela S.7 years ago

*smiles* I'm a Christian, but I still give ^5's to Shannon for her honesty!

Nancy Stamper
Nancy Stamper7 years ago

By the way my message was for you Shannon and I hope you were not offended. Re-read Samantha's message she stated you neede not even have her beliefs. She merely wanted you to feel good.
Happy Valentines Day.

Nancy Stamper
Nancy Stamper7 years ago

By the way my message was for you Shannon and I hope you were not offended. Re-read Samantha's message she stated you neede not even have her beliefs. She merely wanted you to feel good.
Happy Valentines Day.

Nancy Stamper
Nancy Stamper7 years ago

Less judgement, more openmindedness is all you need.
Peace out!

Shannon A.
Shannon A.7 years ago

What a freak! Why would I want to believe in your evil "god" who wants to burn people?? Strange...