For most of my professional career, I’ve studied the heart. In the past 8 years, I’ve worked as a cardiovascular specialty representative for two pharmaceutical companies. Recently, I’ve heard and read discussions on the spiritual heart in comparison to the physical heart.
I utilized a spiritual heart/physical heart metaphor in 10 Ways to Win a Girl’s Heart, referring to the magnetic field of the heart and our ability to influence an environment simply by being in it.
While I’m sure I’ll delve into this topic further in the future, I thought I would discuss three physical and spiritual heart correlations I’ve recently pondered.
1. Life flows from the physical and spiritual heart.
Even in ancient times, spiritual leaders understood all physical life flows from the physical heart. The body can continue without some organs, even in cases where people are considered “brain dead.” But, the body cannot continue without the heart. The heart is the distribution center that every organ is dependent upon.
In the same way, our spiritual lives flow from the condition of our spiritual hearts. A damaged or dead spiritual heart can lead to a damaged or dead spiritual life.
2. The heart must take care of itself first.
While the heart supplies oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body, it also supplies itself through the coronary arteries. One thing is certain: the heart cannot effectively care for the rest of the body if it does not first take care of itself. A heart attack or myocardial infarction occurs when one of the coronary arteries is blocked. Damage from this event can impact the heart’s ability to supply blood elsewhere, which makes a heart attack so dangerous.
In the same sense, we can’t care for the spiritual body around us if we don’t care for our own hearts first.
Our spiritual hearts may become ineffective when we experience a spiritual heart attack.
3. Depression accompanies a hurt heart.
While the relationship between depression and the spiritual heart is easy to understand, depression is also correlated to a diseased physical heart.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is common (20-30%) in patients who have experienced Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), unstable chest pain or heart attack. Researchers believe this type of depression may be a physical response rather than an emotional one.
On the flip side, depression can also be a causal link to heart issues. In other words, the spiritual heart and physical heart are linked together through emotional health.
At this very moment, I can hear my physical heart beating in the silence with earplugs in. We can listen to our hearts. A physician with a stethoscope isn’t required. We can also hear our spiritual hearts in silence. We cannot care about one without the other. Guard your heart.