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Saturday, February 13, 2016

By Heart

 I know it By Heart!


Have you ever wondered why when we memorize something we say, " I know it by heart"? 
I read somewhere that the ancient Greeks believed that it was the heart, and not the brain, where thoughts were held.  Now we know that through the process of repetition, we can learn something "by heart".  Once something has been committed to our memory, we can easily call it up at a moments notice.  So it's silly isn't it, to think that our hearts have memories! 

Or maybe it's not silly at all ....

Scientists are studying genetic or DNA Cellular Memory in Organ Transplants. There is evidence that organs in the nervous system (including the heart) do store memories through combinatorial coding by nerve cells.  After numerous reports of heart recipients that took on behaviors and "feelings" emotionally and physically, of their donors, people are wondering if there is some truth to what the Greeks believed. 

Through testing on mice, scientists have found that traumatic events can alter DNA and thus be passed on to future generations. So far the experiments have only dealt with the sense of smell which seems to be a more reliable way to test their subjects, especially mice.  More studies on humans are underway.  So is there something in your hearts genetic code that could be warning you against the smell of fried jelly donuts or drawing you towards the smell of a rose?    (source)



So.... what do you think?

 Do you think our hearts can keep memories?

 ~ Diane ~ 
Happy Valentine's Day! 



  1. Absolutely! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  2. So interesting, Diane. And it makes sense too. Do you ever get a whiff of a smell that reminds you of your childhood? That scent holds special memories in your heart. Recently, I just smelled the scent of a candle, and something about it brought me back to my childhood. Weird, huh? Your vintage Valentines are sweet.

    Eat lots of chocolate tomorrow, spend time with the people you love, and have a terrific day!

    love, ~Sheri

  3. I think this is very interesting! For sure our hearts keep memories! I love the vintage Valentines! Big Hugs and Happy Valentine's Day!

  4. I hadn't heard about this until now. It's so fascinating!
    I love the vintage cards/images. They take me back to my childhood!
    Happy Valentine's Day

  5. Not convinced, but Happy Valentines Day anyway!

    1. Good to be cautious Debra, I think there needs to be much more research in this area.

  6. Sweet post! Like the heart theory, but think my brain's memory of how good that donut tasted is leading me to it, lol. :)

  7. Dear Diane - I do think our hearts keep memories. Isn't that a wonderful thought. Your Vintage Valentine made me smile and reminds me when we were kids and decorated shoe boxes and took them to school. I still have mine in scrap books. Need to pull those out and revisit a part of childhood. Bet you have some too! Have a super day. Hugs!

    1. Oh, I was just thinking, I wish I'd kept all those "vintage" Valentines I received as a kid! The Longfellow quote was handwritten by my Mom... she must have felt it was something special... it is to me!

  8. Hi Diane, I’m sure our hearts hold memories both good and bad. It will just take scientists a while to prove it meanwhile we know in our hearts it’s true. I enjoyed your post and the cards are lovely.

  9. Happy Valentines Day- Gustavo Woltmann

  10. Interesting post!

    Thank you!

    Gentle Spring Time hugs,


Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane