“The heart is seen as the seat of connection between the mind and the body, forming a bridge between the two. The mind or spirit is housed in the heart, and the blood vessels are the communication channels that carry the heart’s vital, rhythmic messages throughout the body.”
– Chinese Medicine, 2500 B.C.
Throughout history people have referred to the heart in ways that imply it has a natural intelligence.
Cultures around the world use metaphors expressing how the heart is more than a pump: Follow your heart. In your heart you know. Put your heart into it. Even our 21st century dictionaries refer to the heart as the centre of the personality.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched…they must be felt with the heart” – Quote from an unknown source.
Good Emotional Fitness is shown as a natural state of “flow.” The term “flow” was first defined by Hungarian Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who earned his fame by providing a detailed description of the “flow” state. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest living psychologists of our age.
We are all capable of reaching this state he calls “flow” which is an effortless concentration and enjoyable, connected state of mind, body and emotional “flow.”
Csikszentmihalyi’s flow model refers to the mental state in terms of challenge level and skill level and how it relates to happiness.