I’m grateful for the symbolic meanings of hearts. If there was ever a symbol to remind me to love and be loved, it’s the heart. I’ve given and received countless heart cards and presents over the years. I’ve drawn, cut-out, painted, colored, and applied countless hearts to everything from doodles to art projects. I put hearts on letters, texts, and social media posts. I love that I see hearts in nature both in plant-life and wildlife. Hearts are everywhere when I put my focus on seeing them—the same goes for love.
Beyond love, the heart is key to our very being. The better our hearts function, the better we function. They are our connection to life itself. If our hearts don’t work, neither do our vessels for this life. As I think about all the physical functions of the heart, I see why love is so important for it’s flow and function. When we love ourselves, we take care of our vessels for life. We honor them as the temples that they are. Hearts need good foods, exercise, water, and energy to function at their best. When I love myself, I do these things naturally because I can intuitively hear what my bodies asking for.
I remember both times when I was pregnant, I was filled with so much love for the unborn lives living inside me that I took better care of my body than I had since I could remember. I didn’t realize it at the time, but once my babies were out of me and no longer dependent on my body for food outside of me, I started letting my care for myself slip, but it wasn’t long after my second child stopped nursing that I REALLY saw that I was not being a good example for them if I was not taking care of myself, and I was letting others mistreat me. I was unconsciously showing them patterns of beliefs and behaviors that would cause them pain as they got older. When that awakening began, I looked up the definition of love. From that point on, I began doing the work to take care of my vessel—body, mind, and soul. From that point on my heart function physically, emotionally, and energetically became more important than ever. That is when I started to planting the seeds to create the internal garden of my dreams. It all began with honoring the call of my heart to love.
Hearts carry so many symbolic meanings for me. The strength of who I am relies on the function of my heart. Hearts are a reminder for me to take care of my body, mind, and soul. The more I show my heart love and respect, the better everything works inside of me, which in-turn projects out of me and then is attracted back. Therefore, when I’m better, the reality I create is better. When I take care of my heart, I feel my intuition flow like the blood in my veins. I’m in AWE just thinking about everything the heart represents.
Today, I commit to embracing the symbolic meanings of hearts. There are countless ways to take on this commit, but for me it all begins with self-care. I have learned when I put my own oxygen mask on first, I have the ability to serve others from a loving place instead of a place of lack. There is a big difference! One place expands me and the other depletes me. The stories that play in my head are my sign posts to tell me if I’m serving from a place of lack or love. I have to do work to live in the energy of love, abundance, and peace or fear, lack, and separation. Here’s my plan to embrace the heart today:
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat heart healthy foods
- Walk (10,000 steps min.) and stretch to exercise my heart
- Read a book that inspires me to love more
- Watch shows and/or videos that inspire me to love more
- Align myself with love, abundance, and peace by writing about things that inspire me
- Engage in loving actions with anyone I encounter
- Speak only love on social media
- Speak only love out in the world
With Love, Abundance, and Peace,
©Rachael Wolff 2021
Author of Letters from a Better Me: How Becoming an Empowered Woman Transforms the World — Click title to learn more