“Heart matters” by Brenda Evers

heart mattersThere are matters of the heart, and then there are matters of the heart!  One has to do with what we care about–love affairs and family perhaps, and the other has to do with that vital organ which beats in our chests and seems to need special care to be kept healthy.  Two separate things, right?  Or are they?

The internet is full of sites that show the connection of “good” emotions to a healthy heart and, in turn, how bad emotions can cause harm.

Laura Kubzansky, associate professor of Harvard School of Public Health, feels that positive feelings are good for your heart.

WebMD points out how negative emotions “can actually be damaging to the heart.”   And depression, that very common harmful emotion, they say “is a risk factor for the development of heart disease”.

Also, Marcelle Pick of Women to Women points out how adverse childhood experience (ACE) can also affect the health of the heart.

This connection of matters of the heart to the health of one’s heart has been understood by some for many years.  In fact, Mary Baker Eddy a student of spirituality and its effect on health pointed out the connection in the late 1800’s.

Among her observations on the subject are these:

“The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.”

“If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted. ”

Heart. Mortal feelings, motives, affections, joys, and sorrows.”

Years ago, I occasionally had heart palpitations and other associated symptoms that I knew were not normal.  At times, these interfered with my ability to participate in normal activities.   And it didn’t help that a dear family member had died from a heart problem.   I was concerned and wanted to be healed.

I was aware of the connection of emotions to heart health.  And I wondered if my tendency to be easily offended was contributing to my problems with my heart.

Because I lived in fear of having a heart attack, I began to pray using the ideas quoted above from Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.  I began to use the idea that “hurt feelings could not attack my health” as part of my daily prayers.  I knew that if God was all good and all powerful, the idea of hurt feelings harming my heart must be false, as much as it seemed to be true.

I continued this prayerful approach to the heart problem for a number of years, and frankly, after a period of time, forgot all about the problem.  At one point, I realized that I was no longer having the symptoms.  I could do all my activities without any problem.  This freedom continues to this day.

So what happened?  I think what happened was that my ongoing prayer changed my perception of myself and of God.  I went from thinking I was a vulnerable mortal subject to the ups and downs of my emotions to a more stable way of perceiving myself.  I saw myself as governed by God, not emotions.  That was the main idea that changed my health.

Now I realize that scientific researchers may find a connection of emotions to the health of the heart, but I also realize that they probably do not yet see a divine influence as part of the answer to this problem.  But it seems like the thinking in society and by the scientific community is heading in that direction.  I hope so.  My experience makes it seem like the right direction.

Brenda is a writer who loves to learn about and share with readers the connection between spirituality and health. In addition, she is a Christian Science Practitioner in Ellicott City, Maryland.  She and her family spent many wonderful years in Southern California and now are happy to have returned to beautiful Maryland.

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