I was driving home from an early meeting thinking about how to schedule everything in my day and get to a rehearsal at 4 PM for a reading of A Delicate Balance..
A thought or whisper wafted through my distracted mind: “Feed the heart first,” I heard. It seemed like a direct message from the Big Whatever, Higher Power, God—you supply the name.
As I drove on, I thought about the word “feed.” Why “feed?” And then it made sense. Energy for action comes from passion, and the home of passion is the heart. The more one loves something, the more energy is available to take care of it, promote it, or do whatever is needed.
So “feed” is the perfect word.
I thought of the many things that feed my heart:
1. Writing. Top of the list. When I have a good writing session, I feel as if I have been given a vitamin I didn’t even know I needed. I feel energized to do the other stuff. When I don’t write, my energy drains and I get depressed.
2. The Getting Present Process. (If you don’t know what that is, buy my book. Hit the Paypal button over there. It will be worth it.)
3. Support. Any kind of support feeds me whether giving or receiving. My weekly writing group, my action partner with whom I talk every morning, and the Twelve Step meetings I attend all supply my heart with energy.
5. Meditation. It’s 5 on the list here but not necessarily fifth. Sometimes meditation very powerfully restores my heart and my soul.
6. Great art.
7. Nature and animals.
My HP said to feed my heart first—which I take to mean do something that feeds my heart when I wake up in the morning. I also take it to mean that I should make feeding my heart my first priority.
May I pass on this message reminder from my Higher Power to you?
What feeds your heart and will put that first?