Call me a hopeless romantic, but the heart is central to our existence. From a purely biological perspective, the heart is responsible for the health and function of all other bodily systems. It works diligently to oxygenate every organ, every cell of your body. It is also what makes us human. Our hearts, when open, give and receive love freely. The best indication of the fruit a person will produce is the condition of that person's heart. There is no greater illustration of the importance of the condition of our hearts than the Parable of the Sower:
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. ...18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:1-8 and 8-23
The soil represents the condition of our hearts. Yes, the grace of God opens our hearts. But we also can take positive action to initiate the flow of Love and Truth in and out of our hearts. Practice these heart openers with the intention of tending the soil of your heart. Allow the breath to connect you with the rhythm of the body. The ebb and flow, give and take. And let love flow!
-1 Corinthians 13:13