Cockles of the heart was first used in the mid seventeenth century. Though it’s actual origin is unclear, it could come from the confusion and corruption of Latin words for cockle and a heart chamber. You can find detailed explanations on line if you’re interested. The phrase is more metaphorical than physical. To warm the cockles of your heart means to make you feel good at the very core of your being.
It seems a good time, this time between summer and the holidays, to consider those things that warm our cockles. A few things that heated up my cockles in recent weeks are:
So what warms the cockles of your heart?
What moments do you remember from times long gone?
What about last week? Anything get your cockles moving?
What about yesterday?
What about today?
Warm cockle moments enrich our days. If we can’t remember any such moments, I suggest it’s because we haven’t been paying attention. Cockle warming can certainly happen when we’re with others, but it can also occur when we are alone.
While you were doing your yard chores, did you notice the fall nip in the air?
When you lit the candle, did you remember the friend who gave it to you?
Do you savor the memories when you hear a familiar song?
When you restore order to your house, are you grateful for a home you can share?
Your morning tea — do you feel its warmth working its way through your body?
When did you take a deep breath and say, “Aaaah, yes . . . .”?
Every day — every single day — find or do something that warms the cockles of your heart, that brings happiness to your core, and creates a moment of deeply-felt contentment. Some moments will set your cockles dancing — perhaps nearly setting them afire. It’s these very experiences that enlarge our hearts, that cause them to spill over to warm the cockles of another.
Until next Tuesday . . .