Each morning when I complete my yoga practice and come down for breakfast, I start the day with a cup of tea. I tend to drink Yogi or Good Earth Teas because they have little saying on their teabags. I look forward to opening the packet and reading what I’ve come to call “Teabag Wisdom”.
Today’s teabag wisdom is very familiar to all of us. It’s an old Chinese Proverb:
“When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.”
In yoga, we learn to live from the heart. When we open our hearts to the world around us, we find peace. Where there is peace, there is no stress, no anger, no anxiety, no depression. There are many scientific studies that point to negative emotions being the direct cause of many illnesses. Heart disease in particular.
Dr. Mimi Guarneri, a cardiologist at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, CA. has written an excellent book “The Heart Speaks” that documents examples of how negative emotions effect your heart and your health. In the book, Dr. Guarneri refers to living from the heart as the secret language of healing. “The heart has a mind that some might call the spirit, the higher self, intuition or the small voice within. How many times have you said to yourself, ‘If only I had listened to my heart.’ By not listening, we often pay the price in time and energy in cleaning up the mess afterward.” Her reference to “cleaning up the mess afterward” is seeing a patient on the operating table to fix a problem with a heart.