The nature and importance of a camp that focuses on the heart is something vitally important, but rarely thought about or understood. I hope this begins to fill that void.
What is heart?
Mind, body, heart, and spirit are all interrelated, but for the sake of exposition, they are taken separately.
- Mind – the realm of thoughts. Descriptions, often in a matter-of-fact sort of way. Plus and minus lists.
- Body – activities, food, physicality.
- Heart – this is more known than described and defined. When you watch a movie and you are moved to tears, it isn’t your mind that is being tugged. Beloved pets. Funerals. Weddings. Births. Gratitude. Gazing, lovingly into the eyes of another. Poetry. Listening to music and having a visceral reaction. Belonging. Truly empathizing with the story of another. A bed and breakfast versus a hotel chain. The depth of a friendship can largely be gauged by the degree of its heart connection. Compassion. Receiving a wholehearted massage, versus a pro-forma one (#4367). Your heart is what longs to give and receive love. Through your heart you often find passion, love, and something to strive for. At the end of this article, there are quotes that also speak of heart.
- Spirit – your spirit is what keeps you alive inside and creates your individuality. A person’s essence. Beliefs in this realm can answer the questions about the meaning of life, and what might happen afterwards. Experiencing the transcendent nature of something. The spirit is the heart of love. Meditation and/or prayer. It can also be thought of in the realms of kindness, love, joy, peace, vision, wisdom, and generosity. If a person can become closer to those things, they will become more spiritual. I’ll also add a sense of wonder, which I think in its more true form is a wonder of the spirit instead of the mind.