The heart is the nexus of the spiritual journey’s compass, seeking constellations of growth, wisdom and divine connectedness. — ShadowsPub
‘Nexus’ comes from the Latin ‘nexus,’ meaning ‘to bind or tie.’ It entered the English language in the 17th century as a legal term meaning ‘a binding tie’ but has evolved to the modern meaning of a focal point connecting a group of things.
Nexus can refer to a central area that supports a diverse ecosystem, and in psychology, it’s used to describe the connection between thoughts, emotions and behaviours. I can easily see the heart as the nexus of the body’s diverse ecosystem. When the heart stops, so does our life. The brain can die, and the heart lives, but not the opposite.
Our thoughts are from the brain; our behaviours are the physical self, but the emotions come from the heart and impact our thoughts and behaviours, making the heart the nexus of our thoughts, emotions and behaviours. The heart is where the inner and outer world meets in a spiritual journey. Personal and spiritual growth aligns with universal energy.
The heart reminds me of my interconnectedness to the rest of the world. It’s a meeting point between my humanity and the divine. It’s where I find my faith intersecting with my life. It guides my experience of love, compassion and a deeper understanding of my creator, of God’s will.
In my heart, my beliefs and values take form. From the heart, my responses to the world will come. If my external actions and behaviour don’t align with the beliefs and values formed in my heart, then I’m living out of alignment. I’m not living with integrity.
As the nexus of my ‘ecosystem,’ my heart doesn’t leave the brain out. It has its place, one of the essential being when I’m not living in alignment; the brain should be kicking in to ask what’s going on and why my behaviour is not lining up. In many ways, the brain is our built-in computer.
It responds rationally when the heart is overwhelmed, or behaviour isn’t aligned. The brain creates a balance point for the ecosystem. We all need to live in…