Friday, February 19, 2016

#294 : Of heart and health!

The social media seems to be abuzz with all matters related to heart. It's February after all - A month which is predominantly associated with all matters related to the heart - be it Valentines' day or the Heart Health Initiative. Why is that fist sized organ given so much of importance?

That question does sound obtuse given that even a kid from kindergarten will answer it. Thanks to a plethora of fitness campaigns and awareness programs, people have become conscious of physical habits to keep that heart beating soundly. Thus deliberating on the physical importance of heart would be thorough waste of time for obvious reasons, but the 'mental' importance of heart is a subject to be pondered upon.

They say, when the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object. If only the mind would actually take a constructive to step to rein in the heart, the earth would be a beautiful place to leave. Humans apparently are blessed with the art of thinking from the heart rather than from the brain. This more often than not results in the heart taking a beating - Sometimes literally too! So how can one duck away before being beaten up? It's no rocket science. After all, the concept of thinking from heart itself is a mirage isn't it, for we know it has been established that brain is the organ that behind the thought process.

Humans tend to pick up negative qualities like ego, lust, insatiable thirst, pessimism, cynicism etc. The list of such qualities seem to be growing by the day leading to complex challenges to the heart. Thus it can be inferred that the root cause of all problems would be a fact that people don't differentiate what they "pick up" from people around them. They process in every thought without putting a filter in place. It's simple really - At the first sign of negativity, shut the ear and the brain from processing it.

Does sound simple doesn't it? Sadly, it's quite the opposite. The human nature interferes with this shutting out process. It takes a good amount of will power to shut off and re-process such complex negative thoughts. When this shutting off is not done, the heart begins to show physical impacts which is quite fatal. Thus for a healthy heart, it is essential to adapt to the whole shutting out negativity process.

Physical exercises such as meditation or yoga are wonderful aids to achieve a state where one has the ability to be neutral. Given that such physical exercises help keeping the heat, body and mind sound, it's a win-win situation all the way to inculcate such exercises.


Due to a certain negative impact in my life, I quit writing and blogging for good. I did continue to blog book reviews, thanks to my insatiable appetite for books. Reading a post from The Blogger Community made me realize my folly of giving up on writing. I've taken a personal challenge to write frequently.

This post is a part of  "The Blogging Community: An initiative by The Book Club". It made much sense to talk about #hearthealth in my first post in the new blog.



  1. It is indeed true that cultivating one's emotions do have a positive effect on the heart and our overall health. Glad that you were inspired to get back to writing again. Wish you all the very best. :)

  2. Thank you Prathi for the encouragement :)

  3. Lovely post Jan! Welcome back to the world of blogging. Looking forward to reading more from you :D

  4. Very well written Shree Janani ! Keep up the good work & blogging. Would love to see more of your work.

  5. Thank you :) Your encouragement is heartening.

  6. Lovely post. I am so glad you have joined back .. hugs.

  7. *Hugs back* Thanks a lot for all the support :)

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