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Depression and the heart

broken heart

When a person feels depressed, clinically or not, the heart is affected. Moods are felt in the heart, physically and intangibly, so that uplifting feelings aid the heart’s restorative abilities and depressed feelings cause the heart to work more frenziedly.

Depression causes the heart to lose control of emotional restraint. Emotional reactions will be exaggerated or inappropriate. The emotional reactions can also be unavailable: the depressed person can’t tap into them, because the effort to access them is too demanding. When emotional reactions cannot be accessed, the depression is overtaking reason and is further forcing the heart to overwork itself.

There are many reasons to overcome depression, and heart health is one of them.

Note: This information was spiritually received.

When the heart feels abandoned

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Abandonment of the heart can be physical and emotional. Ignoring the heart’s calls for help when it physically hurts is physical abandonment. Ignoring the heart’s need for connections is emotional abandonment.

Physical abandonment can be felt more immediately, and ignored calls for attention can lead to impairment of heart function. Physical abandonment can also lead to extended impairment throughout the body.

Emotional abandonment is less immediately noticeable, but it afflicts the body over time if relationships are not nourished. Emotional abandonment is serious, but less ominous.

Physical impairment of the heart can come from improper care of the body, emotional turmoil that is excessive, or genetic weakness:

  • Less can be done about genetic weakness; however, genetic weakness does not condemn a person to heart troubles. An emotionally strong heart can triumph over genetic predisposition to heart troubles.
  • Emotional turmoil that is excessive strains the heart’s functioning. Heartache that leads to depression or restrained emotional connections can cause impairment. Overly excited outbursts of emotion—positive or negative—can disturb heart function over time and lead to weakening the heart’s rhythmic beating.
  • Improper care of the body that leads to impairment of the heart is described in the blog posts “Heart attack secrets” and “Things that harm the heart”.

Physical abandonment of the heart is usually done without understanding that our actions create havoc in our bodies. Choosing to care for the heart involves rethinking choices and habits.

Emotional impairment of the heart can develop because of hurts experienced as a child or young adult, by heartache that is too profound, and by religious teachings that extol martyrdom. Emotional abandonment of the heart is as serious as physical abandonment, but its marks on the body are less pronounced. Its marks are mainly on society and family.

Whether abandonment of the heart is physical or emotional is less important that the fact that the heart can be abandoned. Abandonment of the heart is a sad thing that is reversible and worth fixing.

Note: This post was delivered to me through my heart’s connection to Spirit. Heart pain is worth checking with a medical doctor when it is continuous.

Hanging on for dear life

Heart Musical Notes

Dear life—yes life is dear, which is why we try so hard to stay alive. Even people living harrowing existences rarely give way to death without a struggle. The ones who take their own lives are deaf to the symphony that is playing their melody.

Yes, each of us has a melody that we hear unconsciously, and it doesn’t stop playing until the brain no longer controls our actions. The melody provides rhythm to our actions and to our thoughts. It changes over time and it changes its location in the body.

The heart provides the beat that sustains the mind’s staccato. The heart also provides the deepness of desire to live. Life is lived with heartfelt force.

Hanging on for dear life—the melody of life can be so easily altered or ended. Life is much more tentative than most of us realize. The best way to live life is with the symphony playing at full volume!!

Note: This post was delivered to me through my heart’s connection to Spirit. Spirit offers us love and kindness whenever we are ready to receive them.

The heart’s exercise

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A “flabby” heart sustains life partially. A toned heart works tirelessly to sustain life fully. The toned heart propels towards activity and accomplishments. The flabby heart works too hard simply keeping the body alive. Flabbiness is not good for the heart.

In the blog posts “Ways to calm the heart” and “Strengthening the heart”, exercise is mentioned as one of the components to keeping the heart strong and relaxed. In today’s blog post, Spirit is sharing ideas for keeping our hearts toned. Here we go…

  1. Learn breathing exercises. Learn many types so you can find the ones that make you feel strengthened and alive. Do breathing exercises every day!
  2. While breathing deeply, imagine your heart sending vitality throughout your body—down to your toes, into your organs, up into your head, and to your fingertips. Feel the vitality circling in your chest. Feel the vitality warm and invigorate your body. Straighten your posture if it’s not straight, and then smile. Your heart is ready to take on the day’s challenges!
  3. The heart is built to exert itself. Depending on your age and physical condition, take part in activity that causes your heart to pump faster. For most people, the heart can handle faster pumping activity every day. Aim to invigorate your body through faster heart-pumping activity for the amount of time that is proper for your current health status. Ideas for these types of activities: dancing, running, brisk walking, bicycling, swimming and other water activities, skating, tennis and other racket games, and games that use balls for kicking and throwing. Skipping and jumping are also good for the heart!
  4. Sleep that is regular helps the heart repair and restore its functioning. Don’t scrimp on sleep. Each person needs a specific amount of sleep depending on age, regular activity level, and current season. Let sleep bring you toning!
  5. Practice acts of generosity every day. Be generous with your smiles and with your kindness. Acts of generosity tone the intangible heart!

Note: This information has been spiritually received and does not replace medical advice.

Ways to calm the heart

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These days, the rush to interfere with the circulation of blood has wrought pressure on the heart which destabilizes its functioning. There are many ways to calm the heart and the circulation of blood that do not have side effects.

Here are heart-calming remedies suggested by Spirit.

  1. When your breath pace is suitable for your heart, it keeps your heart relaxed. Shorter breaths can quicken the heart’s beating. Aim for longer breaths.
  2. If you feel anger, slow your breathing and wiggle your fingers.
  3. When you feel tense, listen to calming music or create the music yourself (singing, humming, whistling, or playing an instrument).
  4. Fear can affect blood circulation. Listen to your intuition when it advises you. Listen to your intuition!
  5. Immersion in a nurturing activity can calm the heart, if the desire to be immersed is not overcome by impatience. Examples of nurturing activities are caring for an infant, caressing a pet, and working in a garden.
  6. Excitement can touch the heart. Age can affect the effects of excitement. The older the heart, the greater the effects, for better or worse.
  7. Entering into a spiritual state can open flows. This state is healing and calming.
  8. Touch can calm the heart when it is given or received willingly.
  9. Entering into a meditative state can relax the blood vessels. Forced meditation has no effect, but true meditative state is calming for the heart.
  10. Exercise does not calm the heart, but it does condition it. The next blog post will present information about exercise and the heart. The thing to know now is that exercise done improperly can harm the heart’s ability to pump blood to all the extremities. Take care when your body communicates its limits.

The benefits of a calm heart are numerous and desirable for balance and health. A cam heart is beneficial in a world that is too rushed. Calmness of heart—a remedy for life!

Note: This information has been spiritually received and does not replace medical advice.

Blocking highways to the heart

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The heart is a control center with highways of energy flowing through it. The tangible energy is the blood and its components. The intangible energy is the emotional framework and its components.

Tangible and intangible energy flow through the heart control center, and their pathways require uncongested access. The intangible pathways have slow roads and quicker highways for moving emotional information: intuitive information must move quickly, while evaluative information requires slower processing. The tangible flow of blood is meant to stay steady, with clear highways all along the way.

Blockage of the blood’s path to and from the heart is well studied, and many treatments exist for clearing these highways. A lesser know treatment for keeping the highways clear is to drink oregano tea and eat fresh salads and sesame and almond products.

Food to unblock the heart

Oregano tea can prevent blockage when it is part of daily liquid intake that does not include soft drinks or silicon dioxide (in drinks), because these other drinks prevent oregano tea’s anti-inflammatory properties (but not its flavonoid antioxidant properties). The fresh salads require freshness—preservatives negate the clearing effects. Sesame and almond products that contain sugar, sugar substitutes, or preservatives are not helpful. Oregano tea + fresh salads + sesame/almond products can keep the tangible highways less congested, depending on the presence of substances or behaviors that subvert their work (such as tobacco smoke, certain medications [prescription and illicit], certain destructive feelings [see the post “Things that harm the heart” ], and lack of adequate exercise).

The intangible highways to and from the heart become blocked when trauma closes them in. Some traumas can be overcome by refusal to let them block emotional happiness, but others can leave emotional scars that require assistance to help them heal. Some emotional traumas leave blockage that cannot be smoothed, no matter how much psychological and emotional work is done. In these cases, the damage can only be acknowledged and accepted.

The highways to the heart can be maintained through frequent use (physical exercise and building emotional attachments) and by keeping them clear (proper nutrition and investment in supportive relationships).

Keeping these highways in good working order is the foundation for a happy heart!

Note: This information has been spiritually received. The more complementary medicine used to heal illness and unwellness, the better.

The Rhythms of the Heart

Heart Musical Notes

Smoothly, the heart beats a rhythm that pounds out life. Beat after beat, the quiet pounding paves the way for a life lived. As the pounding progresses through the years, its rhythm expresses the reality of the life—of the struggles, of the heartaches, and of the happiness. The heart is a reflection of the life that is being lived.

The youthful heart pounds heavily, pumping blood through the body with vitality and force. This rhythmic pounding is full of promise of the life to be lived, and it pushes towards growth and development. The youthful heart feels little pain, but is easily bruised when love is denied by cherished caregivers. Each experience of heartache or love molds the heart into its role as the carrier of emotional stability and physical stamina.

The rhythm of the heart changes as the years fly by. Slowing or quickening occur depending on choices made and lifestyle led. The heart provides support for new life being created in the womb. The heart supports through times of crises and despair. It pumps through competitive displays of movement and concentration, and then adjusts for feelings of success or defeat. The heart steadfastly beats, even when it and other parts of the body are abused through malnourishment or mistreatment.

The heart ages, and with its aging come reflections in the body. For some, the aging heart is reflected in rhythmic melodies in the mind. For others, the aging heart is reflected in rhythmic movements of the hands (often mistaken for Parkinson’s disease). The aging is natural and is influenced by childhood diseases, physical stamina, and medications ingested.

Rhythmic beating from the heart to the body is part of life and its wonder: each heart beating its rhythm, each heart joining in the syncopated symphony that beats on and on in the community of planet Earth!

Note: This post was delivered to me through my heart’s connection to Spirit.

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