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We are heart-centered beings.

When I say that, I don’t just mean that an organ we call the heart is located at approximately the center of our bodies, or even that our hearts are the engines that power our lives, although both those statements are true. What I mean is something more.

We are also a head-centered culture. We live in our heads. Our thoughts race. We have trouble calming down and being present in our lives. We are ambitious, active and yes, exciting. We get things done, but we are also stressed out, burned out, and breaking down. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, and I believe, as a cardiologist, that the reasons for this go far beyond a poor diet and lack of exercise (although those bad habits certainly contribute). I believe that the heartsickness I see in so many younger women today–the vague complaints, palpitations and panic attacks, the chest pains and fatigue and anxiety and sadness and general heaviness so many women feel–has everything to do with lives that have gone out of balance. We live in our heads.

We are meant to live in our hearts.

from Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life

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