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What Touches the Heart?

Updated on November 6, 2015

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

— H. Jackson Brown Jr.

What do you feel when you look at this picture?

Does this invoke love, seeing a little boy so happy and free?
Does this invoke love, seeing a little boy so happy and free?

Feel With Your Heart

Many say we feel things because we think them, but I disagree. I think we feel with our hearts. We really aren't responsible for what we feel. We can change what we think, how we act, what we do, but we really can't change how we feel. Our feelings are just there without any conscious effort, sometimes even when we don't want them to be!

Deep within our hearts lie all of our feelings. Our mind does the thinking and our heart does the feeling. With that feeling our heart gives us an energy of love. We have to learn to go with what has been termed our "gut feeling", but what it really is, is our heart trying to talk to us. Our heart sees no evil, sees no bad in people. We are inherently good and filled with love. It is time and the outside world that can change the love in our hearts.

Have you ever meditated? Did you feel relaxed and feel the love in your heart? Whether it is called meditation or prayer, a time alone to be thankful will certainly help your feelings of love. Try it, those feelings are always there waiting for you to feel them.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

— Helen Keller

Feel the love?

These love birds share their love.
These love birds share their love.

Open Your Heart

Of course we all think our hearts are open, but are they? Have we closed our hearts for some reason? We think we let our hearts guide us through life, but do we? Take a look at this list and see if you can find yourself there.

11 signs that your heart is open.

  • You have a song in your heart.
  • You smile and laugh easily.
  • You show affection towards others.
  • You love to hug.
  • You see the good in people.
  • You ignore the “bad” in people.
  • You are open to new experiences.
  • You accept people just the way they are.
  • You show interest in others.
  • You are in love with life.
  • You attract awesome situations and events into your life.

(The 11 signs was taken from http://www.thevortex.me/opening-of-the-heart/ )

What better way to live than with an open heart? Your heart may sometimes close because of sadness or hurt, but you can't let it stay that way. If you do you will become bitter and start to withdraw from life. You need to keep your heart open and be in love with life. You don't have to go around telling everyone that, just live it.

There are programs and articles all over the Internet on how to open your heart, but the easiest most positive way to open your heart is to let it feel. Feel what is around you. Feel the love of family, feel the life in the world, or start small with your garden or a tree in your yard. Feel the love of a pet, so unconditional and always there for you. Feel the life. Use that meditation to feel the love in your life, from family and friends, from pets. Smile while you are meditating to let the good thoughts and feelings fill you. Sometimes a smile leads a path to your heart.

Be thankful for the small things. Be happy you woke up this morning, be happy you have a roof over your heard, be happy you are able to read this. Find the happiness and your heart will open.

Sometimes the smallest act of love can take up the biggest space in someone's heart.

— Unknown

The Service of Others Can Open Our Hearts

Memorials like this are a reminder of the great love our soldiers have.
Memorials like this are a reminder of the great love our soldiers have.

What Touches Your Heart?

Are you touched by those cutesy youtube videos? You know the ones with the little puppies or other baby animals. What about the ones showing an orangutan taking care of a baby kitten or the Budweiser ones where the dog and the horse find a bond? Do the uplifting videos make you smile or cry? Videos like the ones showing a father coming home from a tour of duty and surprising his children at school.

Are you touched by the pain and suffering of others? Touched enough to want to do something to try to make it better or at least ease the pain you see? Maybe it's just a small donation, but at least it is something.

How do you feel when you see a mother holding her newborn? Does a baby touch your heart? I could go on asking questions till the cows come home, but it is you who has to ask the questions. You need to know what touches your heart and how you can open your heart to the love you were born with.

I remember the first time I heard the saying, "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." That touched my heart deeply. Of course the movie about Boys Town touched my heart as well. The generosity and unselfishness of Father Flannigan was a joy to see, but better still to know it was real, that it happened. It can happen anywhere, anytime and it does every day if we just look for it and keep our eyes and hearts open.

Prayer can touch some hearts and bring them back to the purity they once knew. We were born with pure and loving hearts, tainted by others as we grew up. Some hearts are touched by the generosity or kindness of other people. Sometimes it's something as simple as holding the door open for someone, or picking up something they didn't know they dropped.

The touch of a newly opened flower or a butterfly's wings softly flitting against your face. There is so much beauty in the world not only to see, but to touch your heart if you just let it.

Falling in love touches your heart, but staying in love can fulfill it. The warmth and joy you feel when the person you love loves you back can't be made up or imagined. Even if your love isn't returned, it is free to give and giving it will touch your heart.

Will You Open Your Heart?

I hope reading this has touched your heart. Touched your heart and opened it to the wonders around you. If just one person feels a new love or awareness from this, then I have spread the love. That is what I wanted to do, touch your heart and spread your love.

Open your heart and let the sun shine in to brighten your day and your life. Let the sun clear away the clouds that hide the beauty of you and your heart. Forget the bitterness in the world and concentrate on the goodness. It is sometimes difficult to see, but it is there. Strangers helping strangers, people giving of themselves expecting nothing in return. Where this is life there is hope and where there is hope, there is love. Why not look for the good in people and try to see the love they share everyday. Start your day with a song in your heart, open your heart and live the love.

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      Mary Craig 19 months ago from New York

      Yes Linda, I do get the point and I like the quote, or the gist of it anyway. Our hearts certainly go through a lot, "keeps a lickin and keeps on tickin"!

      You're right Audrey. That courage is often hard to have, especially after our heart has been stepped on or hurt in other ways.

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Interesting Mary--I think for me there is a difference between joy and an open heart. I think of an open heart as having the courage to keep feeling all the feelings we have even the ones that are hard or painful. So for me, I am touched by that kind of courage most

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      Linda Bilyeu 20 months ago from Orlando, FL

      This hub touched my heart as does your friendship. Your words reminded me of a quote that I recently read and could totally relate to...

      I'm proud of my heart. It's been burned, broken, stabbed, played and burned, but somehow it still works. (Something like that.) Anyway you get the point :)

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      Thank you Genna. As you know, everything is built on love. If we can open our hearts to love we can do anything. I am honored you find this hub worth revisiting!

      Thank you Vellur. It seems I've hit my mark!

      Deb, I'm sure it does. So much beauty, in nature, around us how can we not be inspired?

      Thank you DD.

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Nature is beautiful. I enjoy spending time in my environment. A greatly written hub.

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      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Every day, nature makes me feel exactly like this. For me, it is truly what makes me tick.

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      Nithya Venkat 21 months ago from Dubai

      Great write and definitely touched my heart. Positive and inspirational, enjoyed reading.

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      Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Mary, I have bookmarked this inspirational hub, to return and read, again and again, for they resonate with the true meaning of love...and the miracle of humanity. These are words not only to live by; but to carry close to our hearts, each and every day.

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      We're all stubborn Nell, the sadness lies when we don't realize it! I hope you can open up your heart to forgiveness and more importantly, I hope it makes you feel better.

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      Nell Rose 21 months ago from England

      This is pretty poignant for me, I am trying desperately to forgive someone but its hard, so this really helped, I am a stubborn fool sometimes! lol!

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      Frank, how nice to know this might be able to motivate someone to feel what's in their heart! Thank you.

      Ah good Dr., I can't imagine you without a laugh in your heart and a smile in your eyes. Your humor and caring, drbj is always evident in your writing.

      Thank you Mike.

      Maria, I appreciate your lovely comment. Opening our hearts is a gift to ourselves and others as well.

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      Maria Jordan 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      I appreciated learning the 11 signs of an open heart...as well as the passion you put into the ponderings of this post.

      Beautiful work. Love, Maria

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      What an interesting message. You put a lot of thought into this and that is apparent.

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      drbj and sherry 21 months ago from south Florida

      This was lovely and inspiring, Mary, and I have saved it for reference. If I begin to feel that the laugh in my heart and the smile in my eyes needs replenishing, this is where I will turn. Promise!

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      Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

      Til, what a warm and heart touching hub... I bet if anyone feels stalled this hub will stir them back up and motivate them to really feel whats in their hearts bravo :)

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      Dear Faith, your comment is no surprise to me. Your faith and love certainly fill your heart. Luckily we can always feel love again, even when the road is long and bumpy. Thank you for sharing. Sending you hugs and blessings from an open heart.

      Or, as my mother used to say, "open mouth, insert foot". Yes Jackie, we have to use our hearts to guide the things we say too.

      Thank you Larry.

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      Larry Rankin 21 months ago from Oklahoma

      Beautifully stated. Wonderful read!

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      Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I think the big problems in life is when our mind tries to override our hearts; we should always listen to our heart....and then follow with a big HUG!

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Mary,

      Thank you for sharing these wonderful insights about the tremendous power of our hearts to feel love and then be able to love life and love all others. I think the most beautiful people on this planet are those whose hearts are beautiful ...by that I mean that a person can be physically beautiful on the outside to the world, but if their heart is not, then sadly their inner beauty has been squelched by something in this life. Be that as it may, the heart is resilient and can feel love again.

      I am reminded of what God tells us in His Word that "From out of the mouth, the heart speaks." Which to me means that we can tell so much about the condition of our and that of another's heart from the words that are coming out of the mouth.

      Prayer helps me to get my heart right when I am out of sorts.

      Peace and love always

      Sharing this lovely message everywhere

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      If only... Sha, our hearts can certainly lead us on the right path. Thanks for reading.

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      The world would be a better place if we all quieted our minds and let our hearts speak for us.

      Great article, Mary!

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      I too believe the heart is the center of our personal universe Manatita. Thank you for your comment and may I return "Hari Om" to you?

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      What a beautiful Hub, Mary. Very necessary in this life. The thing we need most and sometimes turn away from.

      I note your 'appeal' as a clarion-call to use the Heart. The Heart is the Seat of Life and all else flows from this ever-eternal Source. Hari Om!

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      You got it GF. That's what it is all about, "don't pass the buck", "the buck stops here".... we need to be that change.

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      Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I am a cliche lover myself, Til......Let's consider Ghandi "Be the change you want to see in the world."......Powerful.

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      Thank you John. I am not surprised you could tick off the 11 signs! When it comes from the heart, you can't go wrong.

      You are so right Bill, imagine? We always have hope.

      Venkatachari what a beautiful comment. It is easy to see you have an open heart.

      DD keeping an open heart leads us to so many possibilities, but you already know that.

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful hub! The heart must be opened to all things of life. To allow oneself to explore with an open heart is key to feeling the experience. I like this hub.

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      Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Awesome message. My heart always opens up whenever I read or view such nice things and a wave of blissful current runs throughout my body. Thanks, Mary, for sharing this wonderful hub.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Just a wonderful topic, Mary, and you handled it perfectly. One might say you touched my heart with this excellent article. An open heart? All of us? As John Lennon would say, just imagine what that would be like.

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thi is a beautiful message Mary. I certainly believe that we feel with our heart and it doesn't always match up with what our mind tells us we should be doing. I like those 11 signs your heart is open, and thankfully I could tick most of those boxes. Everyone needs to read this. Well done.

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      So glad you could 'drop by' CrisSp and hope we can all spread the love.

      Eric, there is no warmer, loving sight than a mother holding her newborn. Thanks for coming back and adding your comment.

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Had to re-read Mary and I got one answer for you: "How do you feel when you see a mother holding her newborn? Does a baby touch your heart?"

      It gives me tears of Joy emanating from my heart.

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Sometimes it is easier said than done specially if you've been hurt in the past. But yah, past is past...let's move on and open our hearts (again).

      Happy to have landed in this hub and to spread some love from the sky. :)

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      Thank you Eric. A pure and loving heart will always see us through, but then you know that.

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful message. Matters of the heart are special.

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      Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

      GF, "let it begin with me".... I'm such a cliche user, but hey, if it works! One person can change the world.

      Now Bob, how did you know I'm an old romantic (not old, old). Tell me more about your new love!

      Rebecca, I know what you mean. You get that ache even if you can't explain it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 21 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Sweet, Mary. And I have noticed in the past when I was really hurt emotionally I could feel it in my chest!

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      diogenes 21 months ago from UK and Mexico

      Mary, you old romantic you! (not old old, you know what I mean). I have a new love and I'll go for all this!

      Kisses Bob xxx

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      Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Powerful & Inspirational, GF. Something very much needed in this world of ours, more & more each day. As we know, it begins with "us." One person, one act of kindness, one word of love.....one day at a time. The speed at which this can spread throughout is simply amazing!

      Peace, Paula