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The Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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Baptist de Pape is a lawyer turned author and filmmaker who traveled around the globe to interview the world’s greatest teachers in the film and book, The Power of the Heart.
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“The new science on the role of the physical heart satisfies our minds in a way that allows us to more fully believe in what we intuitively sense. It points toward an intelligence associated with the heart.” Howard Martin, vice chairman of the Institute of HeartMath®
Indian Shores, FL
Perhaps you also know now of the latest neuroscience that we have not one, but three brains, that is three seats of concentrated neurons and electromagnetism, not only the head, but the heart and gut.
If you can accept this, or be curious about it, you will soon figure out this increases your internal support and access to problem solving and maybe even personal wisdom, providing you can learn the language with which, in this case, the heart, speaks, for it isn't in literal language.
The book is about hand sized, 5 x 8, therefore comfortable to hold and contemplate. It is divided into 3 parts, each with about 5 chapters, but the way Baptist de Pape organized the content is delightful, comforting and beautiful. Interspersed throughout are full sized portrait photos of the contributors, each of whom seemed to me to have a kindly smile; and each page is filled with author headlined quotes, set off by colorful chakra
like circle designs. Therefore, one could open the book anywhere, and pick something at random, and the books just swells to a whole on every page.
One of my favorite quotes was by Maya Angelou (not verbatim): If you don't know what to do, do nothing; just sit, and be quiet; you may be able to listen to your heart and hear what it has to say.
Another little exercise is how to accomplish this: I get in such a state sometimes, if I can't go out for a walk, it's hard to get calm. This exercise
shows you how to sit, breathe, and put your hand on your heart which releases the comfort and love hormone, oxytoxcin, while breathing. I tried it immediately. The advice was to do it several times a day so as to set up an automatic default state. So tired of left brain literal advice which is often hard to remember when you are angry, tired, stressed or anxious, my thought was "I can do this!" You get immediate feedback from your body which makes you WANT to do it again, rather than feel you have to. Too many of us have been told what to do instead of being asked what we think would help, or what matters, or what we would like to do to help resolve some situation, all of which shuts us away from developing a trust in our own inner guidance.
This may help you get back in touch with that part of yourself, and develop a confidence in it.
De Pape uses personal and scientific validation from some of the great minds of today on the matter to support his hypotheses and also analyses these authorities' points of view.
I found parts of the writing disjointed and at times repetitive. Repetition is, of course, a good way to get points across. It's not a criticism but an observation. This book should be read by many in all walks of life.
have a CD player, so she got the book-but I give it 5 stars on the premise that it is as good as the CD was.
Will make a fantastic holiday gift for anyone on a spiritual path.