Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Rhythm of the Heart

Recently, our most wonderful Sognatrice of Bleeding Espresso (one of my very favorite bloggers and her exquisite blog) kindly asked if she could host me as a guest blogger. I was delighted to accept and I wrote the following piece for her. The layout and design is all hers, and it is very well done (thank you Sognatrice!).

What fun, I thoroughly enjoyed working with her for a mutual post.

This post may also be found on her blog with her original design at Bleeding Espresso.

The Rhythm of the Heart

Close your eyes and listen . . . when it’s quiet. The rush of blood from your heart will fill your ears and mind.

It’s the rhythm of life flowing in a river through you.

Close your eyes and look . . . deep into your heart.

You will find the rhythm of your soul, flowing from your heart like a river, washing over every moment of your life, over everyone and everything you touch.

What is your rhythm?

Is it a steady, constant rhythm . . . like a beating drum?
Is it strong and passionate, filled with extremes . . . love, hate, jealousy, perfection?
Is it gentle? Warm? Like the caress of sunbeams on bare skin, or a caring hand?
Is it rough and driven . . .
Is it filled with anger and disappointment?
Is it always searching, always hungry?
Patient, overflowing with grace
Sad with currents of longing
Quiet, hidden and deep
Bubbling and dancing over the places in life that try to block your path
Or forceful, crashing with power. . . until you reach the end?

What rhythm flows through you, touches others and changes their rhythms, even a little?

I have said, in the past, that everything we do, everything we say, think and feel has a ripple effect that touches the lives of others, and those ripples continue into so many other people and into the future of more lives, in more ways than can be imagined . . .

But I was looking at it in such a small way.

It is not a ripple.

It is a wave much bigger and more powerful than we can conceive, and it never ends.

Search your heart, look deeply and find the rhythms that drive your life. Consider the way those rhythms will touch everyone you ever meet, and remember that those rhythms, having come from you, will come back to you in many ways.

It is the Golden Rule of the Heart . . . you will get whatever it is that you give.

Let everything that comes from you, that flows from your soul and your heart be the best that can be given, always. In every way, every moment . . . you will join the chorus of rhythms that flows around you constantly, the rhythms of life, of the heart.

You are the conductor . . .

Make the rush of your soul’s rhythm fill your whole being, spill out into the wide world and wash over it in a wave that makes this a better place for your having been here, having added to it the very best that can be within you.

Play on, rhythm of the heart, play on.


Unknown said...

I read your piece over at Sognatrice's a while back - it's beautiful.
You know, I've been thinking much on how our energies interconnect, how the "ripples" and "flows" touch and merge and impact one upon the other. Curiously, I was trying to draw it yesterday...
The reality is we're all one energy and our small "ripples" are so much part of the greater whole and it all works together - so yes, our individual ripples ultimately become waves, which spread out even beyond our own world.

Jon M said...

Beautiful piece. I like to think I'm a gentle flow of patience but I may be a chuckle over the pebbles or even a tide going out...eeek! :-)

Anonymous said...

That inner peace can be so beautiful. Finding it is one of the noblest quests to undertake.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


Yes, I read your comments over there. I was humbled by your kind and heartfelt words.
Thank you.

You are correct, we are all one.


Well, perhaps you are all of those things, and it's okay to go out, as long as you come back in again!


I agree, finding inner peace is paramount, and something I love to do.
Thank you for visiting!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

Ah, now this piece is home. Looks lovely here :)

The rippling imagery is so powerful...thinking of the opposite now, of how negative energy, in bundles, can end up being a big ole tsunami on someone else's parade.

Not to mix metaphors or anything ;)

exskindiver said...

you know i have said it before and i will say it again,
finding inner peace is the best beauty secret.
and if we can somehow rub off on others and take in others' peace--then indeed the ripples and flows of life will make the world a better place.

Anonymous said...

That's really inspirational. Leaves you with something to think about...


Wanderlust Scarlett said...


Why not? Mixing metaphors makes it interesting!
Thanks for hosting it and making it so lovely on your page!

And yes... the irony of this post 'The Rhythm of the Heart' was not lost on my recent experiences... as I always say, irony is the spice of my life.


I agree completely, that is so 100% true!
I have begun to find more as time goes by, and it is priceless.
Let's keep it going.


Thank you, I wonder what these seedling thoughts of yours will grow into...?

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

J said...

what a beautiful piece you have written...

I think my rhythm would be a steady slow rain. I'm not sure why, but that's what comes to mind.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hi Jules!

Rain is very good. It washes us new, cleans and refreshes.
My favorite smell in all the world is the air after a good rain.

This is the perfect rhythm for you; comforting, refreshing, so needed.

Thank you!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore