My mission with LIPH has always been and will always be to help others create peace and harmony in their homes. My tag line, Everything begins in the home is a simple message that clearly expresses my view that everything in life absolutely, positively begins in the home.
Because this month is American Heart Month and also the month we celebrate love, this post is about your heart, your most personal HOME. A healthy heart is crucial to a healthy body much as your homespace needs a strong foundation in order to support the structure you dwell in. And, a heart needs to be healthy in two important ways:
A physically healthy heart
I’m not a doctor so I won’t even begin to try and preach specifics about physical heart health. Just know I have had up close and personal experience with family and friends that have experienced heart problems or worse – heart attacks.
Here are some simple facts of heart disease to ponder:
- Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the leading cause of all deaths in the U.S. each year.
- One-third of those that suffer a heart attack do not survive it.
- In the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women.
Speaking of women, my dear friend CeCe Hampton is a survivor of a heart attack herself. I admire her greatly as she has chosen to be a spokesperson for the fight against Coronary Heart Disease. CeCe’s heart attack came at the ripe old age of 31. I spoke with her the other day about this and asked her what her message would be for other women on heart disease. This is was she said,
“Women need to listen to their bodies and look for any warning signs that something is askew. We women will take our husbands or our children to the doctor right away but for some reason most of us ignore our own health and put it off for another day.”
CeCe told me that when she felt unusual pain in her chest, she practiced what she now preaches. She listened to her body, went to the doctor and now is alive to tell her story. By the way, if you want to hear more of her story go to:
Thanks CeCe for allowing me to share with others an up close and personal experience of yours! You go girl and while you’re at it – continue to follow your bliss!
An emotionally healthy heart
This is the part of heart health that truly fascinates me. As I said earlier, I’m not a doctor, but it just makes sense to me that our hearts are affected by our emotions. I believe that our bodies work from the inside out. By that I mean that first we feel the emotion, then we physically respond to it. For several years in my own life, stress wrecked havoc on my body. All the chronic stress my body was under made war on my body like pollutants to destroy me physically. I had to pay the Piper for all the trauma-drama in a myriad of ways that I still deal with today. I believe that there is such a strong connection between the heart, mind and body that it is imprudent to separate them from a cause and effect scenario. Each affects the other in my view. And, there is plenty of compelling data to support this. For example in the book, The Heart Speaks cardiologist, Dr. Mimi Guarneri “speaks” to this very subject. She says that loneliness, grief, sadness, bitterness, hurt and anger can greatly impact a healthy heart. Dr. Guarneri says people truly can have so much emotional damage to their heart that they die of “a broken heart”. I believe it.
So, imagine if starting today each of us took a better look inside our hearts and posed the question, “How emotionally healthy are you dear heart of mine?” Today, I would be able to honestly answer, “Pretty darn healthy dear friend.” When I asked myself this same question a few short years ago the answer was just the opposite. I knew I needed to reduce the stress in my life in order to be more emotionally heart healthy so I began to make some hefty changes in my life. By making these changes, I have made my heart emotionally strong. Here are some of the ways I have done it:
- By choosing to meditate.
- By choosing to spend time in Nature as often as possible.
- By choosing to focus on positive memories.
- By choosing to add humor to my daily life.
- By choosing to smile more.
- By choosing to be positive.
- By choosing to live in the moment.
- By choosing silence.
- By choosing to use the word “love” as a verb.
The operative word here is “choosing”. After all, everything we do is a choice. Nothing is going to change unless you choose to make changes. It’s that simple.
Here’s the challenge ~ begin today to actively work on making your heart healthier both physically and emotionally. Start with baby steps if you need to. Baby steps progress into bigger steps for sure. Remember, the choice is yours.
Choose to have a heart full of all the best in life you can have. And by the way, just when you think your heart is full of all the best, something new will come along and add to your heart happiness. Mine did just recently as a matter of fact. My youngest son, Jimmy (my baby) officially chose the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. She is a wonderful fit for Jimmy. She loves the outdoors and even loved getting engaged in a tree stand deep in the woods in the cold of December 2011. Welcome to my heart HOME, Lailuma! My heart swells with joy knowing my son is so deeply happy with you in his life!
To loving life and having a happy, healthy heart…