Living Under the Roof of Hope
“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for.
And the most you can do is live inside that hope.
Not admire it from a distance
but live right in it, under its roof.”
- Barbara Kingsolver
Are there times in your life where you have given up hope and succumbed to despair? If you have difficult habits (and who doesn’t!), do you become despondent that they’ll never, ever change?
Research is revealing that we become what we are feeling in our bodies. Neurocardiologists are discovering that the heart has thousands of neurons that create a kind of “heart brain.” This highly complex, information processing center communicates with and influences the cranial brain and most of our major organs. So, just as Patanjali directed us in the Sutras in the second century B.C.E., if we focus on what we hope for and on love, creativity and compassion – on our Sankalpa or intention - then our “heart brain” will affect our cranial brain in cultivating these states in our lives.
I’m currently completing a training program with Psychologist and Yoga Teacher Bo Forbes on Yoga, Mindfulness & Neuroscience. Bo encourages us to get into our bodies, to get our hands on our bodies, and to “Check In.” When we get into our brains and out of our bodies, we often “Check Out” and leave our hopes and dreams behind.
Check out these wonderful resources for heart-centered work:
www.heartmath.org, an organization focused on increasing our access to intuitive insight and heart intelligence
The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year: Tips, Stories & Prompts to Focus Your Needs & Navigate Your Dreams by Jennifer Louden. This book helps me increase my intentional living quotient (I don’t mean to leave you out gentlemen!)
As we move into 2017 with an increasingly divided and frustrated nation, actively live inside your hope – right inside it and under its roof. I’ll meet you there!