Hand on Heart

The photo I chose for my blog has much meaning for me and I’ll explain here.  I could “see” this picture in my minds eye before I found it.  I actually found a poem I wrote 10 years ago, that this photo illustrates.  I searched high and lo for this photo, and when I saw it, I knew it would speak this feeling.

I was listening to a program on NPR while driving one day and the conversation was about soothing a frightened child.  One of the interviewees described  how human beings  soothe each other by saying “it’s going to be alright” or “everything will be ok”, even though we have no earthly idea that it truly will be.  They continued to talk about how this statement soothes and calms anxiety.

I also recently read some research on how touching your face,  placing your hand on your heart and telling yourself “things will be ok”, can slow down your heart rate and lessen anxiety. I wish I could site this research, but I read so much I just cannot find it at this time.  I’ll keep looking and will post it here.

I also know that the core of my work and profession is about connecting.  Connecting to my clients and assisting them in connecting with their soul.  This is where healing takes place. In this space of connecting.

Close your eyes, place your hand on your heart and say hello to your beautiful, shining soul.  That’s who you really are.  Really.

The poem I wrote many moons ago….

Take your hand off your mouth

And place it on your heart

Allow the words to come spilling out

Words held in fear

Never leave

They make you disappear

Stories, feelings, and thoughts unexpressed

Supress you

Let them out

So they may caress you

Allow your heart to speak

And you might find

Your mind takes a rest

And your soul begins

To shine

4/16/2001 Susan Cadley


3 Responses to Hand on Heart

  1. swampgirl says:

    Oh my goodness, Susan. Your poem is beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing it.


    ps … I love that you site research, but can’t locate the source. I do that ALL the time.

  2. emhowell52 says:

    A beautiful poem Susan, thank you so much for the sharing. I find sometimes that I don’t seem to have access to the words ‘in the moment’ to adequately express my feelings, so I will try moving my hand to my heart to allow the throat unrestricted access to the form(s) of expression that I need to experience to live the fullness of the moment(s). Again, thank you.

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