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July 20, 2015, 2:25 PM

Is Your Heart Warm?

Is Your Heart Warm?


   As I write today, I’m thinking of a friend of mine, and ours, who lies in bed at a Hospice Home in Oklahoma City. She had what is called a stroke that kills … the brain is practically shut down and her body no longer needs the nourishment that you and I need. But she keeps breathing … even in her peaceful sleep. Her sons and I watch her chest move up and down and we hear the soft sounds of the air as it passes through her nostrils. And her heart remains warm.

   I am amazed at the number of people I know who HAD at one time in their lives warm hearts. Something happened and “Healing Touches” never seemed to come their way. I am reminded that some, and at times I could be in this group, but some folks have blocks in their minds and hearts that need to be released if we want to be healthy! I’m beginning to realize that my heart is a very sacred inner garden and as I place my hands over my heart, I can feel warm energy being released.

   Maybe there is a correlation between my heart and planting and working a garden outside our home. My wife does the gardening work, mostly potting plants and herbs and tending to a “Fairy Garden” outside our kitchen window. She takes care, tender loving care as she places plants and seeds in the warm soil. I know that I can give the same tender care to my heart’s garden and so can you. What if our hearts were the most beautiful place in our bodies? Let me share a few suggestions that may help this to happen:

  • Plant positive action and pull out the weeds of negative thoughts and anger.

  • Plant forgiveness and gentleness.

  • Encourage diversity. The most beautiful gardens have a variety of color and plants of different heights.

  • Fill your heart with kindness so that the blood, as it travels through your body, nourishes every single part.

  • And finally, love your heart tenderly. As you breathe deeply, feel your heart expand with openness and joy as you release those blocked-up emotions you don’t need anymore.

   Let’s give it a try … who knows, if you are an organ donor a good healthy heart might be given to someone who needs a new lease on life! In the meantime, you have given your own body the priceless gift of a heart with healing energy.

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore (the church with the bells) and can be reached at:

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