How's Your Heart?

It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a solider to fight on a battlefield.
— W.B. Yeats

How are you? While we ask and hear this question daily, does your response always reflect your true self? What do you mean when you ask it? In this article, Safi challenges us to reflect on the "doing" culture that surrounds us and to contemplate how it detracts from authentic connection and presence. Offering a translation of the Persian term haal used to inquire how someone is doing, he notes, “It is a transient state of one’s heart. In reality, we ask, ‘How is your heart doing at this very moment, at this breath?’...I am not asking how many items are on your to-do list, nor asking how many items are in your inbox. I want to know how your heart is doing, at this very moment.” With that, we invite you to discern and share how your heart is doing today.

This disease of being ‘busy’…is spiritually destructive to our health and wellbeing. It saps our ability to be fully present with those we love most in our families and keeps us from forming the kind of community that we all so desperately crave.
— Omid Safi