Living from our heart is living with sincerity and integrity. It is the way of all children. "Innocent," we say. Without guile or craft, just "straight from the heart." Until they learn to be crafty and sly. "Smart like a fox," and "Always up to something." But, Jesus meant living with sincerity and integrity, innocent, and straight from the heart, when he said, "Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Turning the light around was never more important than becoming the child we once were, and living from our heart in all that we do.
It comes down to, revolves around and flows from seeing what we look at. We either see it or we don't. The same goes for hearing what we listen to. Get the seeing and the hearing together, so that we see what we look at and hear what is being said (Including what we are saying to ourselves about what is being said by the people we are listening to) and everything falls into place and is as it should be. Noise and complexity jam the signals, the wave lengths, coming to our eyes and ears, and a lot of that noise and complexity is produced by the filters we erect through fear and desire to alter the world we live in because of our interest in getting what we want, and avoiding what we don't want. It's complicated. Seeing and hearing. But it all comes down to, revolves around, and flows from those two things. Which hinges on how we interpret what we see and hear. Right seeing, right hearing, right interpretation, right knowing, right doing, right being. Loops around to produce right living in each situation as it arises all our life long. Sounds simple. It is made complex by our motives, our expectations, our agendas, our opinions, our fears, our desires. It is a wonder that we ever do anything right. We can improve our chances by practicing seeing our seeing, hearing our hearing, knowing what all we know, becoming transparent to ourselves, and thereby becoming transparent to transcendence. We each are this close to being transcendent ourselves. We are doorways to wonder and amazement everlasting. Thresholds to glory. We are sublime. Looking in a mirror should put our eyes out because of the brightness of our being. We do not see what we look at because we cannot bear knowing what we know. Denial keeps us safe. Truth keeps trying to break through. We cannot decide whose side to be on.
Sometimes, it isn't so much what we face but the weight we give to it. I think mental illness comes down to ascribing a magnitude to things that would be nothing without the perspective being mentally ill puts in our way. From this perspective, mental illness is a failure of perspective-- a failure to adequately assess the nature/degree/weight of what we perceive-- a failure of how we perceive it. Dusting a room, or tying our shoes, are things most of us just do without thinking about it. Let a shift of perspective take place (And what are the sources of such shifts, I wonder), and it becomes an impossible chore. "I cannot make myself get off the couch and dust even the end table!" "I cannot make myself put on my shoes, much less tie them!" Depression flips perspectives. We feel like we cannot do what other people can do "like that." And it exhausts us to think about it. I wonder why we see things as we do, when it would be much to our advantage to see them differently. Why are we so "sot in our ways"? I don't know. But I believe that changing our pattern of behavior, our way of life, shifts our perspective in ways we cannot predict or control, and it may improve things just to do things differently. It will certainly give us something different to think about, and that will alter our pattern of thinking by changing our behavior, and that may make all things new. The difference between a rut and a grove is a shift in perspective, sometimes brought on by a shift in behavior. Doing things differently can cause us to think differently about the things we do, and that can make all the difference.