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Counter Intelligence to the Heart

Posted in My Thoughts... with tags , , , , , on June 16, 2010 by andrealidesigns

As the story of our lives is being written through our memories we are presented with the opportunity for reflection. Often the dialogue regarding this reflection remains internal but sometimes we get the chance to articulate them. Through the translation from our thoughts to words I find that my resulting philosophies of my experiences become more in focus. It sharpens my understanding of them and makes them more real.

I recently have been engaged in a conversation of intellectual ping pong with one of my readers. The latest inquisition posed to me goes as follows; is the heart able to consciously think and is the mind able to consciously love?

I believe the heart is like a child in the sense that it feels without consequence and it is our mind that takes responsibility for deductive reasoning in regards to the hearts musings. I do not believe that the heart is able to consciously able to think but I do believe that the mind is able to consciously love.

Each one is a separate half of an equation that makes a whole. Each one playing a different but equally important role as we discover what we value in life from relationships to accomplishments. Both are inextricably linked to the process as it evolves and unfolds. In a sense our hearts represent our folly and our mind our wisdom. Logic stands alone from inadvisability and could not coexist as the same entity however both could when applied to reason. Just as an adult would need to lend sense to a child’s senselessness so does the mind for the heart.

The real significance as we grow into ourselves is learning how to temper the two elements. Our hearts guide our reckless passions and desires while our minds tend to reign them in. Wisdom always follows folly. We gain knowledge because of our hearts. Thoughtful reasoning when we follow our pursuits will keep our actions from a reckless outcome and help us reach our potential.

I would not necessarily advise to follow one’s heart as it is tied so closely with foolishness but understand the relational dynamic it has to contributing an experiential richness to our existence. The directional effect it has on the decisions of our path is invaluable. Like our hearts determining a dstination our minds can play the role of a compass so that we may not become lost along the journey.

As for the latter it all boils down to our experiences and how we choose to respond to them. This phenomenon can only be explained by what we decide is most beneficial to our survival whether it be emotional or otherwise. An acute awareness to our circumstance as it affects our wellbeing. As I believe it is a both an involuntary and voluntary choice to love it is therefore possible for the mind to consciously love. Indeed it seems to be a paradox on the surface but remember it is in the context of reason. The effect brings the heart and mind in full circle. Essentially becoming the ying and yang of the other. Existing only because the other exists.

E'piph'a'ny

Posted in My Thoughts... with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by andrealidesigns

E’piph’a’ny
a. A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.
b. A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization.

Significant moments packaged in the form of an epiphany are like life’s little gifts and today I was fortunate to have had one. Zealous pursuit of career success can often define the perception of ourselves yet we often misplace it’s significance to it’s definition instead. This becomes a very ego-centric reality we create for ourselves not only in how we perceive ourselves but how we cause the world to see us. All our energy is turned inward in order to achieve or maintain this.

Today I learned for myself that this is a flawed system to measure myself against. For so long I believed that my purpose was my career and my value as a human would then be measured by how hard I worked towards a successful means. I was so wrapped up in my own career dogma that I forgot to place energy into the world and the people around me. Until yesterday when I was reminded that it is the energy that we put into lives that surround us on a daily basis that matters.

That we have the capability to greatly impact and help facilitate others on a better path. Helping someone else on their journey instead of tightly keeping the focus on my own freed me for a moment of the mental prison I recently have been keeping myself in. Clearly this is an ideal that actively works against our nature as it takes more energy to relinquish then to receive. The memory of today’s epiphany will fade but I hope the inheritance of principle from today’s lesson will have resonance in day’s to come.