I hope you read my short post on non-conformity vs. "normal" ... what is that?! - http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2015/04/a-to-z-challenge-n-is-for-normality-no.html - then you will understand when I say it is important to be of a questioning nature.
Now, I don't necessarily mean questioning everything (as I tend to seemingly do) as in being curious (as I am). ;) More so rather in terms of questioning the status quo, and yes, this may include questioning authority (for those in power are not always right you know!).
What does my chosen word for the day have anything to do with the heart? Good question! I'm glad you asked! ;) Let me explain ...
I had mentioned in my post two days prior (http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2015/04/a-to-z-challenge-o-is-for-openness.html) about the heart either being in a contracted or expanded state. (I believe this has been proven scientifically, though I am too bothered to look it up as otherwise this will be a longer post.)
When you question, you may do so out of fear possibly; however, in doing so you are acting in spite of being fearful. And by stepping into the fear, you can overcome it.
I know this not just intellectually. I understand it at a deep level because of one experience in particular.
To make a long story very short, I left a certain church (no names mentioned) and later organized (and) traditional religion that I didn't realize at the time had me feeling for the most part repressed, not to mention emotional and mental constriction and contraction. Imagine a boa wrapped around my body, especially my neck and heart area.
After I left - I had twice previously - I felt a sense of lightness as if I had loosened a chain or noose attached to me.
I had thought I might go back one day; however, after my spiritual awakening (http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2012/12/well-i-did-it-again-i-cant-believe-it.html), I knew in my heart I could never go back. It would be like stepping back into time, i.e., going backwards, not moving forwards, evolving.
I became aware of the reasons why I had joined the church in the first place and the reason I could no longer return (as mentioned above).
In hindsight, I believe that I was not able to question authority or else I would be going "against the church." That was a big no-no! And in my heart, I no longer believed that the church was true as it claimed to be.
If I did not question my beliefs (which I did), none of this would have happened. However, I have no regrets.