How is your heart?
That is the inquiry, the focus, the underlying foundation of everything we do in Growing Grounded Kids classes.
It’s said (by researchers…ever heard of Heartmath?) that our heart communicates with our brain before the brain communicates to the heart. The heart can sense danger before the eyes can actually see it. The heart can entrain to other hearts.
The heart is an intuitive, intelligent, connection-seeking, connection-sensing, energetic force that lives inside each of us AND we’re born with this. It’s the one thing we can rely on our entire lives beginning in the womb.
In some Muslim cultures, when you ask how someone is doing, you say:
in Arabic, Kayf haal-ik?
or, in Persian, Hall-e shomaa chectoreh?
How is your haal?
What is this haal that you inquire about? It is the transient state of one’s heart.
When we’re asking how is your heart
we mean how is your heart at this very moment
…in this breath?
It’s not about how much you’ve accomplished and whether or not you’ve cleared your inbox this week, cleaned the house perfectly, ka-checked every box on the to-do list. (Although, I have to admit that I would classify myself as a world-class list-maker. I swear that just having a list seems to be good for my heart some days!)
My experience making music and dancing with babies and children is that their hearts are wide open. So wide open, my adult heart entrains (matches) that when I’m teaching. And then their hearts entrain to mine and the parents hearts crack open and on and on it goes.
Is it like this for you too? Does your child have the greatest heart-opening impact on you, your family, strangers on the street?
It is the reason I continue to work with children.
This is my invitation to you….if you wish to enter a world of play, joy, tears, hope, fun, stillness, busyness and love…this is it!