Freedom Is Found By Listening To The Heart
Have the courage to follow your heart & intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become . . . , almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die, is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
– Steve Jobs
I think that one of the hardest things for me to do is to take the time to just be. To sit in prayer or meditation and just allow my heart to have its say. I am so filled with doing and avoiding what really needs to be done. The doing of things does need to happen – I have to pay my bills, read and respond to emails, write posts such as this. I have to cook, clean and garden. I work fulltime, so there are the hours spent there and commuting back and forth. My elderly dad lives with me and I have to care for him. So when I am avoiding something, like right now proof reading the final copy of my book, I am doing something like this that my mind says also needs to be done. So allocating time to just sit and be like this photo, is hard for me.
I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion, and I refuse to talk, walk, and to sleep with the sheep. I will persist until I succeed.
– Og Mandino
We think that it is selfish. That it is not high on the list of necessary things to do for this day. So when Mastin Kipp sent me an email with a version of this, I was inspired to write a post of my own. Because taking the time to find the freedom to do these things is just as important as your day job. It is just as important as eating, and more important than cleaning the house and doing laundry. We are not really living if we don’t take the time to do these things, we are just existing. We are asleep when we neglect these things. If we are truly awake, conscious and aware, then this has to be a daily part of our life.
The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose and it will defend itself.
– St. Augustine
If you want more happiness, more joy in your life, check the list to see what is missing in your daily routine. Trust in the whispers of your heart, for it is leading you intuitively to this practice. Follow through on your highest intentions, changing them from wishes to commitments. Voice what matters, because if you remain silent, you are holding back from your life purpose. Pursue your dreams. Run after them, putting them into action. Step by step the pursuit of your dreams leads you to have confidence that what you are bringing to the world matters. If you have that confidence, then it doesn’t matter what other people say or do, you will stay in pursuit of accomplishing your dreams. Fulfilling your destiny becomes a primary focus in life.
The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.
Forgiveness for yourself and others is necessary because we all make mistakes. We all fall short of perfection. Some of our friends and family may say or do something that discourages us from the pursuit of our dreams. They don’t see or feel what you do. So they put up road blocks thinking that they are protecting us from being hurt, when in reality they are the ones hurting us. Try saying something like this to them that expresses compassion with what they are feeling, “What I hear is that you are in fear for me, and for yourself, in how these dreams are going to be fulfilled. How it will impact my life, your life and our relationship.” If we exercise empathy, we can look beyond their fears to see that they do love us. This allows us to reconcile their actions with their intentions, and grants the space for forgiveness for any hurt we may be feeling. Opening up the space for their heart to talk to our heart, so that they can not only hear you, but begin to understand.
Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose, to help him or her to empty his heart.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
We must do the same thing for ourselves. Our shadows present a whole dictionary of negative comments on how our dreams are not going to happen. They put up brick walls to protect us from ourselves. We need to take down each brick understanding the motivation. To exercise self love and self trust, help these gremlin shadows to see how important these dreams are. Enlist their help for ideas on how we can safely walk the path of fulfilling these dreams, presenting a win/win for ourselves.
You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.
– Paulo Coelho
Each morning is a new day. Each morning spend a few minutes in prayer and meditation. Listen to the whisper of your heart. Do today what matters most. Breathe. Love. Trust. Follow the freedom of your heart. Use your voice boldly. Live in freedom the life you have always imagined.