If you were to plot the evolutionary trajectories of the past two thousand years for technology, science, economics, medicine, and most any other category of human endeavor, you would see trend lines racing upwards like rockets, particularly in the last one hundred years. Only in those categories related to human emotion would you see comparatively flat lines, and, in some cases, devolution.

It is clear that on an intellectual, technological, and monetary scale our progress has evolved dramatically, but how we manage our emotions, and more importantly, how we orchestrate them in order to enhance our understanding of life and intuitive perception has changed very little since the dawn of civilization.

And yet, when you think about it, our ability to live from the heart and coordinate our emotions is a key component for better living—and not just for ourselves, but for our circle of family and friends, community, and the entire planet. It enables us to adapt more easily to the challenging curvatures that invariably shape our journey through life. It permits us to operate from a foundation of comparative stability instead of the constantly shifting sands of life’s dramas that drain us of our innate, spiritual vitality.