I recently learned that we have three brains – the one in our head, the one in our heart, and the one in our gut. Do you know what this means? It means we are smarter than we think! However, our three brains don’t do us much good unless we know how to use them.
For most of my life, I operated on a very intellectual level. I lived from my head and not from my heart. I was even told by a very reputable licensed professional counselor that where my heart should be, my head resided instead. This was not a compliment.
Even so, I was grateful for the observation. I’m sure he knew what he was talking about, too, because he wasn’t just some random suit that I met in line at the market. He was the person to whom I paid $165 an hour for the purpose of curing me of my neurosis. Since I saw him every single week for more than two years, mine was obviously not an easy case.
Regardless, I sincerely wanted to address this abnormality in myself. I attempted to remedy the situation by letting my heart take the lead, assuming I could find it. I tried, but I ended up inadvertently relegating my head to rationalizing and minimizing the things my heart did not want to see.
This did not work out well, since the imbalance caused all kinds of anxiety in my gut. My gut instinctively knew something wasn’t right and told me to listen to my head. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t listen. Instead, I shushed my head and suffered some very painful consequences.
Now that I have become much more aware of my three brains, I am hoping to be smarter about all this. I am hoping I will learn how to follow my heart, while still honoring my head and trusting my gut. Perhaps, then, I will discover that I am, indeed, smarter than I think!