Posted by Pamela on June 13, 2006
In Reply to: My heart is full posted by ESC on June 12, 2006
: : my heart is full
: : what exactly does this mean?
: The person is experiencing strong feelings. Good feelings.
: WHY DO WE THINK OF THE EMOTIONS AS BEING CENTERED IN THE HEART? The emotions are centered in the brain of course. But when we experience a powerful emotion - fear, anger, grief, love - adrenaline pours into the blood, increases the blood pressure and accelerates the heart. So it makes perfect sense to think the heart controls emotion. Otherwise when we say the Pledge of Allegiance, we'd have to put our hand on our forehead." From "Why Things Are: Answers to Every Essential Question in Life" by Joel Achenbach, Ballantine Books, New York, 1991.
Do the feelings need to be good? If someone was crying and saying "my heart is full" then I would know that it was full of sorrow. Hearts can also be full of bitterness or vengence and so on. Pamela