The central longing of our hearts

iStock_000022599375XSmallLarry Crabb in Shattered Dreams writes that “…we’re not self-aware. We’re out of touch with the central longing of our hearts”.

What Crabb says is true. We are often out of touch with the central longing of our hearts. When this happens we feel that something is missing and there is an emptiness inside. When we are out of touch with our hearts we cannot truthfully say that we are happy, that we feel real joy and that we are pleased with the life we are living.

There are so many instances where we know in our hearts that we should take action in a certain way, but we rationalize with our minds to do the opposite.

We indeed live in a world where we are conditioned to separate emotion from rationality when it comes to making decisions, but our emotions are what makes us unique. We cannot ignore the fact that we are created with emotions and that all humans are emotional.

What is one of the most common phrases used when a relationship breaks down? He/She doesn’t care or I don’t care. This statement signifies that there is no longer an emotional attachment or bond, and when this void enters into the equation it hurts.

Would things be different if more people were better “in touch” with their hearts? Probably.

There is a saying that goes something along the lines of: The longest journey is from the head to the heart. However, the journey does not necessarily flow one-way. Instead, the journey is determining how to align the head with the heart. Hence, consciously being aware of the central longing of our hearts. Therefore, if we are able to introspect (practice) and accurately align our hearts with our heads, this may allow us to truly experience joy, happiness, and a sense of fulfillment, despite whatever struggles we may encounter in life.