At the beginning of August, I was in a taxi being driven home through Central Park by a lovely man named Singh. We began to chat about all the runners around us, those doing yoga in the grass, the families having picnics and any other lovely scene we passed. One scene made way to the next and we began to talk about health and longevity.
Singh shared with me that he wanted to live to be as old as his father was when he passed.
“How old did your father live to be?” I asked.
“109!” Singh replied.
“What do you think helped him live so long?”
“He always said the key to living a healthy life was to ‘relax your heart,’ to try to remain calm, to trust that people intend to be good, to believe that you can be relaxed and fix problems…”
Singh kept giving examples, but I had started to think about the idea and wasn’t listening well (my sincerest apologies). I was fascinated by the concept of relaxing your heart. Just before arriving home, I took out my iPhone and told Singh that I was putting “relax your heart” into my notes app so I could remember it for later. He loved that idea and wished me well, just as we parted ways.
When I open the app and stumble upon “relax your heart,” I find myself delighted all over again. Each time I think about the phrase, I attribute more meanings to it. Like: be more accepting and less critical (of both yourself and others), have realistic expectations, slow down to enjoy the present moment, enjoy life’s little luxuries, and make time for fun, etc.
I feel most relaxed (my body, mind and heart) when I’m near a body of water. Each time I repeat “relax your heart” to myself, I picture myself on the beach. Happy place, for the win.
I haven’t yet discovered the entirety of meanings for “relax your heart,” but I really like it as a concept. Perhaps it is the key to longevity, too.
Needless to say: I found the sentiment lovely and wanted to share.
And you? What meanings do you attribute to “relax your heart?” Do you like it as a concept? Do you think it is the key to longevity?
Until next time!