The Dali Lama has said that if you want to be happy, practice compassion. But how do we feel and act from compassion when we approach our challenges solely as thinkers? Sometimes I stay in my head, particularly when circumstances are challenging. Heart Mind Belly by Carolyn Valenzuela helps me stay balanced.

She writes “Wisdom owns the consequences of thoughts, feelings and actions. The wisdom of the heart sweetly filters feelings from decisions. The wisdom of the mind filters with an intent to build personal history. The wisdom of the belly filters to choose direction and action. The three centers shape a system to serve as a moral foundation for how to relate with and in the world.”

As we get older and our heart hardens from the aches and pains of life, I’ve also realized “There comes a time to recall the birthright of innocence.”

Valenzuela’s wisdom shares how “We are responsible for creating our personal truths” and “The journey of self-discovery may not need new sights, but rather the ability to see old ways with fresh eyes.”

On my journey I have sought to open my crown chakra for extended periods and encourage others to do so for both personal growth and the spiritual growth of humanity. Valenzuela writes; “Humanity has made leaps and bounds from the time fire was discovered to the exploration of space. With all this knowledge, being human is not the same as when two sticks were rubbed together. There is nothing to stop the capability of the heart, mind, and belly from pushing beyond the space of a new frontier. It is time to push the evolution of humanity because we are better human beings.”

Heart Mind Belly helps me live in harmony with my body, my relationships and my world.