We often hear this when faced with a decision - "will you follow your heart or your head?" In other instances we might hear the cliche "the heart wants what the heart wants." But for all the colloquialisms around the wisdom and guiding powers of the heart, what do we truly mean by assigning more than just physiological traits to this vital organ? How have we come to think of the heart as beyond physical? A few quotes from icons that over the years have taught us to connect with our hearts might help us "get to the heart of the matter"...
On the power of the heart
"Getting in touch with your heart is like plugging into that universal consciousness or spirit. Your heart is a little computer that plugs into the cosmic computer where everything is inseparably one." - Deepak Chopra
"When you listen to your heart, you are able to open the door." - Paulo Coelho
"The heart points to the most essential dimension within you, and not to be connected with that, and to live your life as if that dimension didn't exist, is really missing the very purpose of your life on earth, no matter what you achieve outwardly." - Eckhart Tolle
"The truth of who we are is the truth of the heart, the truth of who we are is the love that lies beyond the body." - Marianne Williamson
"I believe the heart is the most forceful, impactful element in our lives. I believe that the heart helps us to understand who we are, where we are, and how we are." - Maya Angelou
*Quotes excerpted from The Power of the Heart, by Baptist De Pape
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