There is a prevalent mantra in the world of holistic health that is predicated on a universal objective: pacifying an overly active mind. Almost too regularly in guided meditation or in yoga classes I hear the mantra “Silence your mind.” Although this intention is tremendously advantageous, it can undoubtedly be a challenge to lull such chatter that is produced by a powerful muscle that seems to be in continual action.
The brain is uncannily similar to a database: a storage unit that is perpetually processing, analyzing, storing, and eliminating information through which one perceives their world. However, when we aim to “Quiet the mind” are we truly targeting the origin in which the noise initiates? Does one’s state of mental health arise in one’s mind?
In Chinese medicine, one’s heart and intuition are in conjunction with one another. The heart, another powerful muscle that governs our emotions that manifest as thoughts, is believed to be the area of our bodies in which we first feel our experiences; i.e.: sadness, jubilance, rage, grief, exhilaration, etc. The heart then sends all of that information to the brain to be processed and stored. Thus, creating our perceptions believes, and stories that we tell ourselves. These stored beliefs can result in constant chatter that inhabits one’s mind if they’re not aware of the emotions that their heart is feeling.
The birthplace of our chatter doesn’t originate in our databases, it begins in our hearts. With the acknowledgment that our mental health is directly correlated to our emotional health, the invitation for you to connect to your source of your experiences awaits. With the unique Beings that we all are, each of us has an individualized quest to unearth what activities, mantras, or techniques will quiet our hearts, soothe our emotions, and the lessen the regularity of the stories that we tell to ourselves.
With love from my heart,
Jamie Lynn Fong