“The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand” ---Robert Valett
It's funny the connection between our emotions, our heart, and our brain. In many ways, the heart is like a second brain. The brain and heart transmits information back in forth that keeps our bodies working in sync. But what happens when your heart is broken?
Studies show that emotions greatly affect not only your state of mind but your heart. Researchers have found that the heart actually sends more messages to the brain than the brain to the heart. So when our emotions are out of line, the chemicals and messages being sent in our body changes, causing stresses on the body.
But I find it interesting to note also the impact of positive emotions on the body. When one feels emotions like love, care, appreciation and compassion, the heart produces a very different rhythm.
It produces "a smooth pattern that looks like gently rolling hills. Harmonious heart rhythms, which reflect positive emotions, are considered to be indicators of cardiovascular efficiency and nervous system balance. This lets the brain know that the heart feels good and often creates a gentle warm feeling in the area of the heart."
You know how on movies they talk about love and that warm feeling you get inside, the messages our heart and brain share with positive emotions actually creates that warm, fuzzy feeling!
So when you are hurting, you can actually at times feel like your heart is broken. Some people say you can die from a broken heart. I saw that on OMG Facts by the way, haha. But just in January of this year, The New York Times released a story about how scientists have confirmed what the medical world has long suspected: The so-called broken-heart syndrome is real.
What's my point.... I think scientific research lines up with a biblical truth:
"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." - Proverbs 4:23.
Other versions list it as all issues of life flow from the heart, or that it is the wellspring of life. Obviously there is a connection between our emotions, heart and mind and if we are not careful to guard it, either we are going to feel really awesome or really crappy and that has a great impact on our life and overall well-being! Even a new song called "Heart Attack" by Trey Songz says how he never knew that love could feel like a heart attack. It literally can.
So be careful who you give your heart to. Friendships and relationships. Your heart gives life. Some will be quick to use it for their personal gain, others will protect it and guard it as like it is their own. TRUSTING your heart with others is a BIG DEAL!
“Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with those who are reckless with yours.” -- Mary Schmich