Matters of the heart

“The path is not somewhere in the sky, it is in our hearts.”*
(The Buddha)

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”**
(Jesus of Nazareth)

To live with heart is to live with joie de vivre, a joy of living – something different for each of us.

Dan and Chip Heath write about the power of moments, designating the things that lie beneath remarkable moments as “mostly forgettable.”  This white noise is made up of the things in life that are just there, they’re not remarkable but, thankfully, neither are they unpleasant.

The Heath brothers claim many of us hope for mostly forgettable over unpleasant but Henry David Thoreau appears to be reaching for the remarkable when he penned the following words:

“We are sensible that behind the rustling leaves, and the stacks of grain, and the bare clusters of the grape, there is a field of wholly new life which no man has lived; that even this world was made for more mysterious and nobler inhabitants than men and women.”^

The question is, where will our hearts lead us to if we dare follow them.

Following our heart is far from easy and often does’nt yet exist.  Only our living with discipline – disciplines of engagement and withdrawal that we’ll each need to figure out for ourselves – will bring the path into being, enabling us to reach for a higher plane.

(*The Buddha, quoted in Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)
(**Matthew 6:21)
(^Henry David Thoreau, quoted in Peter Senge’s The Necessary Revolution.)

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