Healing Others – The Heart of the Matter

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“The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.” – Maya Angelou

Do you feel compassion for those around you? For the world?

Society functions well when people care about each other. It breaks down when we do not. Science has traditionally looked at everything in the universe as separate objects according to time and space. We call this the “Newtonian world view.”

A shift is occurring.

During the industrial revolution, Charles Darwin was observing nature. Scientists latched on to his theory known as “survival of the fittest” and disregarded the rest. For the last century, we’ve been taught this is the most fundamental law of nature.

But is it?

Society is a larger organism of what is displayed throughout the natural world. Scientists would have us believe that individual living beings (separate objects), constantly battle to be number one – survival of the fittest.

Compassion is replaced with dominion.

People have been convinced that to dominate is just the natural way of the world.

Have you ever experienced someone trying to dominate you? Is life supposed to be like this?

The field of neuroscience has discovered “mirrored neurons.” We are actually wired to be empathetic! The old saying “monkey see, monkey do” is scientifically accurate. Great apes, dolphins and elephants have been found to have high levels of mirrored neurons.

From the time we are born, we learn by imitating what we see. What have you seen?

Not only do we learn objectively, but we are wired to FEEL what we see happening to someone else. What happens when we see something heroic or “heart-warming?” Our chest tightens, tears come to our eyes – this is a response to endorphins. We feel good with empathy and compassion and want more of the same.

Does our brain trigger endorphins? No!

Our heart has more than 40,000 neurons connecting to every organ in our body. It works through the Vagus Nerve. It is not one-way communication from the brain to the heart – our heart is sending signals to our brain and the rest of our body.

Our heart is more than just a pump.

Through its own nervous system, chemical secretions and electromagnetic waves, our heart leads us to compassion.  Without compassion, our world falls apart. Even Darwin recognized this and said, “Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature.”

He said that? He did, and he was right.

When we actually share the feelings of others (empathy), we are more apt to be compassionate. When we show compassion to others, we specifically produce the hormone oxytocin. In addition to making us feel good, it actually creates a bond.

A bond for stronger relationships with family, friends, co-workers and society. A bond with animals, plants, all living things. A bond with everything in the universe.

Who and what are you bonded to?

Showing compassion affects move us towards optimal health – lowering our heart rate, reducing stress and strengthening immune response. When was the last time you felt empathy? When was the last time you showed compassion?

I invite you to share below how does compassion show up in your life?

Lou Reed,
Energy Medicine Institute. TV

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  1. I want to believe we all are brothers and sisters. This world would be so much better if people connected through their hearts. We all have unique journeys according to our upbringing and life experiences. Because I have been wounded, I have extra compassion for those who also were wounded. I have realized, I can[t do it for them….but I can support, see and listen to them. I feel my purpose in life is to be a connector. I feel I can do that by looking people I know and don’t know in the eyes and giving them a genuine smile of love. I