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The Quote That Stopped Me In My Tracks
Wayne writes, "To relentlessly force the tender wisdom, thoughtful reflection, and perceptive honesty of the human heart to conform to the ridiculously impossible, inhuman speed of the world, to its ever-increasing mind-driven technologies, is to cause violence to our most precious and valuable treasure -- the necessary guidance of the human heart. "
The gifts of the human heart require slowing the mind down and being present. A life without a deep connection to the wisdom of the heart is shallow and consuming.
The Mind Can't Find Joy
I learned so much about presence while watching Pope Francis on his recent visit to the United States. He is a leader who practices presence. If you watch him, you'll see that he connects with each moment and each situation exactly as it is occurring. The world can feel it. We can see it in his eyes. His growing popularity is a testament to the longing we have for a heart connection with someone who isn't letting their mind rob them of present-moment joy.
The mind is fast. The heart needs time. I'm consistently calming my ever-churning mind of the relentless chatter of getting things done or not-good-enough judgments. What I'm discovering is that I can hear the voice of my heart when I take moments to listen throughout the day. In a meeting or on the phone, I'm learning how to check inside for guidance and wisdom about what is or is not mine to do.
So far, I'm noticing a level of joy that has been absent for quite some time. Things are feeling easier. I'm happier. There's more internal contentment and satisfaction no matter what is going on externally. It's exquisite.
Have a great week!
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