Recently a dear friend who knows my book well and applies it in her work setting sent me a link to a YouTube video about the heart as a second brain. I summarized what I heard in this video into 12 points.
A book was written by one of the researchers featured on the video. I was so intrigued by the 12 points above that I purchased the book. Entitled The Heart’s Code, the book was written by Paul Pearsall, a psychoneuroimmunologist. I could identify with his explanations about the brain and the heart functions. The brain, he explains, “is self-protective and territorial…A natural pessimist, it evolved to expect and anticipate the worst as a form of self-defense left over from our primitive ancestors’ necessary constant vigilance for outside threats.” The heart is about finding the meaning in events, “connecting …with other hearts as a means of establishing lasting relationships and intimacy…needs to have a bond.”
Heart Selah: How would it feel when your heart remembers something your brain cannot recall?
“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” ~ Thomas Carlyle
“Besides being an emotional center, the heart was long believed to hold an intelligence and have the ability to make decisions. In traditional Chinese medicine, the heart is the seat of connection between mind and body. The Chinese characters for ‘thinking,’ ‘thought,’ and ‘love’ all include the character for ‘heart.’ In yogic traditions, the heart is literally and figuratively our internal guide. In Japanese, two different words describe the heart: shinzu for the physical organ and kokoro for the ‘mind of the heart.’…Over time, however, this age-old knowledge about the heart and respect for it became neglected.” ~ Baptist De Pape