Heart meets heart

“If you don’t have a reason for your heart to keep beating.  It won’t.”  is a comment I heard Dr. Oz make on a promo for a  new TV show, NYMeds.  The whole world is focusing a great deal on heart disease.  However, many of us may not have a problem with the physical heart, but this comment leads me to believe that heart problems have a lot to do with our emotions and how we are thinking and feeling.

I began to think of different adjectives and clichés attached to the heart: hard-hearted, soft-hearted, cold or warm-hearted; heavy or light-hearted, broken-hearted or heart breaking; half-hearted, whole hearted; heart of stone; and more.

Then I looked up the word “heart” in the thesaurus and found emotions attached to various heart problems:  heartache is connected with sorrow; heartbreak is connected with pity or disappointment; heartburn is connected with jealousy and resentment; and heart pain with fatigue.  When we are afraid or anxious, our heart beats faster and when we are calm and relaxed it beats at a normal rate.

These are all symptoms connected with emotions.  Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th Century spiritual thinker and author of the best-selling book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, defines “heart” as “mortal feelings, motives, affections, joys, and sorrows.”

I have been heavy-hearted when discouraged, or broken-hearted when a friend ended a relationship with no explanation and left me wondering, “What happened?” or “What did I do wrong?”

Some become so devastated over a broken relationship that they would rather die than go on living.  Hence, the statement beginning this blog.

How can we overcome problems of the heart/heart problems?

Recognizing there is only one heart – the great heart of Love — fills thought with the divine qualities of love overriding and wiping out emotional responses to human experiences.  Love fills the hungry heart with joy, gladness, forgiveness, kindness .

Working with the above definition of “heart,” a woman was healed of symptoms of a heart condition that had gone on for several years.  She began watching her thinking; she felt she had a tendency toward oversensitivity, anger and emotionalism.  She replaced fear-filled, anxious, tense thoughts with God-enlightened, peaceable and loving ones.  She saw the need to spiritualize and purify her motives – let go of selfishness and began expressing forgiveness on many fronts.  She made a concerted effort to be more affectionate and thoughtful toward others.

The Bible verse from Proverbs became a m0tt0: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”  She realized that a heavy heart had no place in a heart filled with love.  She began to let go of painful memories and realized that her life was dependent on a God who is Love, not on a physical heart.

I love this poem Half-Hearted, false- hearted by Havergal.

Half-hearted, false-hearted! Heed we the warning!

Only the whole can be perfectly true;

Bring the whole offering, all timid thought scorning,

True-hearted only if whole-hearted too.

Half-hearted!  Saviour, shall aught be withholden,

Giving thee part who has given us all?

Blessings outpouring, and promises golden

Pledging, with never reserve or recall.

Peal out the watchword, and silence it never,

Song of our spirits, rejoicing and free!

True-hearted, whole-hearted, now and forever,

King of our lives, by Thy grace we will be.


A Heart Healing: The well-documented healing of heart problem can be found in the October 2009 issue of The Christian Science Journal.

The poem, “Half-Hearted, false-hearted,”  can be found in the December 20, 1900, Christian Science Sentinel.

Photo by Wendi Gratz downloaded from fickr.com

Kate Johnson is a Christian Science practitioner and the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland.  She is married and has 4 grown and married children and 2 grandchildren.  She and her husband enjoy hiking, especially with Callie, a Blue Heeler, and riding motorcycles.  She also has the best and most courageous cat, Cleo, who is best friends with a beagle named Maple.  Kate is interested in blogging about health, spirituality, Christian Science, science, the importance of prayer and religion.



1 Comment

  1. That quote is absolutely correct. Everyone has to have a reason for getting up each day, for looking forward to tomorrow. When we cease to feel that we have something positive to add (a reason for our heart to keep beating), we lose the desire to continue on (it won’t keep beating). A woman I knew lost her husband and while she initially maintained activity and health, she lost that desire to continue. In no time at all she went from a healthy individual to passing because she felt there was no reason to go on. You could almost see the conscience decision to end it all.