The Heart as a Muscle

The heart itself is actually a muscle, anatomically speaking. So if we listen to our body we can also listen to our heart. This includes paying attention to what signals the muscle is sending us – is it functioning comfortably in our chest, or does it report a strained or over-worked sensation ever? Or even an under-worked sensation, if, say, we are allowing it to atrophy through lack of appropriate exercise. We want to catch any ‘tweaks’ that there may be, and rest or respond and modify our actions and choices accordingly, before they may turn into anything else.

We may also pay attention to the way the various foods and drinks that we eat and drink affect our heart muscle, and what listening to it tells us in response to that. Do they put an undue strain on it, or make it feel weak? Does the way we eat, and the way we use and treat our heart muscle make it feel like it is in good shape and ready to deal with anything that we may physically ask of it, or is it suffering under the effects of what we are doing? Are we exercising too strenuously for its comfort?

If something needs changing or adjusting, or responding to, how quickly, or rather how early can we catch or notice that, and respond accordingly?

Listening to the heart muscle means helping it and accommodating it’s maintenance and continual growth into something that is strong and resilient. We want to maintain its strength and health.