heart can influence the mind when the mind is calm and receptive. When the mind is scared of outcomes, it makes you waste time in playing ugly conclusions and consumes a great deal of energy robbing you from your innate creativity that could be used in more meaningful ways to solve the challenges ahead. The heart will always lead to inner peace. The more we practice connecting with and listening to our hearts, the more inner peace and joy we can cultivate. The voice of your heart is your true self. In a Huffington Post blog by Deborah Rozman, president and CEO of HeartMath Institute titled Let Your Heart Talk to Your Brain she says: “Although the heart and brain are in constant communication, we can intentionally direct our heart to communicate to our brain and body in beneficial ways. When we experience sincere positive emotions, such as caring, compassion, or appreciation, the heart processes these emotions, and the heart’s rhythm becomes more coherent and harmonious. This information is sent to the brain and the entire body neurologically, biochemically, biophysically, and energetically. You can shift into this coherent state to bring your mind and heart into harmonious alignment and have more access to intuition — often in less than a minute. It can take a little practice to do this on-demand, but it gets easier and quicker the more you do it.” This powerful information is now available to us. We are in charge of shifting and changing how we feel moment by moment. Train yourself to ask your heart questions and than “feel” the answers at the center of your chest. The feeling of “YES” is light and it brings inner peace. The feeling of your heart saying “NO” is heavy and unsettling. With practice, you get better at trusting the messages of your own heart. Ask yourself: “What does my heart say?” “What does my heart want?” and “How does my heart feel?” Once you receive the answers, it is important to honor the message and to follow its guidance. Let your heart lead the way and create a truly joyful and peaceful upcoming season. n
For me, listening to my heart has been an innate way of living life, personally and professionally. I remember when I was faced with friends and family speaking fear into my dreams at the start of my company, ZeeTheCook, and I could still remember my heart screaming past the naysayers: “This is meant for you, this is your calling. Commit first, and you’ll figure the rest out later,” and I did. This fall I’m celebrating eight successful years at ZeeTheCook; my heart was right. Although challenging at times, my heart has never let me down. As I get older, I have developed an even closer connection with my heart because it has proven to me its accuracy through many situations and events in my life. While the mind loves creating drama and playing catastrophic outcomes, the heart would never engage in such a thing. The heart is about love and trust. The
Z ee T he C ook
OWNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR ZEETHECOOK
ZEE MOUSSA, ALSO KNOWN AS “ZEE THE COOK” IS THE OWNER OF ZEETHECOOK CULINARY STUDIO IN METRO DETROIT, A SCHOOL OFFERING COOKING AND BAKING INSTRUCTION TO KIDS, TEENS, AND ADULTS. ZEE AND HER TEAM HOST IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL CORPORATE TEAM-BUILDING WORKSHOPS, PRIVATE COOKING PARTIES, AND OTHER RECREATIONAL LIFE-SKILLS SERVICES.
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