From the Heart

"The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, courage is more synonymous with being heroic. Heroics are important and we certainly need heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage. Heroics are often about putting our life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line. In today’s world, that’s pretty extraordinary."

Oh, Brene Brown. I always circle back to her eloquent words. Recently, I have been reflecting on how to live with more courage. For me, that means *how to let my heart guide my mind.* I am someone whose decision making process and overall life contentment lie in a lot of thinking at first and then feeling. When I'm out of balance, of course my thoughts run the show. Then my work becomes interrupting that stream with sensing- deep down. I have a strong connection to my intuition and what *feels right* when I get quieter and look further, we all do. And when I go there I find that my choices work out a lot better and that, even when they don't, I can still stand behind them.

As I hone in on my current take on courage, I believe that acting with courage overall means following desires and being open to pain. At first, it's assessing potential roadblocks and dangers... and then it's putting them in their place and making a move. Courage does not involve judging failure and pulling our body and heart back into the past via our minds. Although I've been there, too.

Courage has to do with this and only this: love and pain. Can I be open to both? What makes my heart happy and what makes my heart sad? When is my heart excited and when is it afraid? When is my heart elevated and when is it let down? And can I be honest and be with myself in all of that?

 

From my heart to yours,

Alysa