Definition: utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight; accumulated knowledge, erudition, or enlightenment; the quality of being prudent and sensible.
When we act from the deep center of our heart, we are connected to internal guidance that is rooted in both timelessness and expansiveness.
Wisdom is discernment through deep listening and balancing experience, understanding, and insight. It is using the heart as the lens to see through.
Seeing through the eyes of the heart means listening with feeling, compassion and connectedness to our humanity. Feeling is distinguished here from emotionality, sentimentalism, and reactivity, and is defined, in this case, as our present moment response to what is.
We often associate wisdom with age, and associate sages with great wisdom that comes with years of experience. Although this is true, we can also cultivate wisdom of the heart in a way that is not only dependent on experience, but rather orientation to life.
The image of this card reflects my visual representation of wisdom. The key element repeated in the mandala is a heart with wings and in its center, an eye. The mandala symbolizes moving center and also reflects our interconnectedness.
When do you need to see through the eyes of your heart? What is the lens you have been looking through? What would change if you shifted your focus to the “mind of the heart”? In what ways are you living your life through the eyes of the heart?
Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. My only rule is that if I draw one that I have already written about, I draw another. In this way I am using the spirit of the cards themselves.
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© 2011, Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski