At times, we get locked in day-to-day challenges of life and dwell upon it. When this occurs, we are not actually resolving issues. Instead, we are either existing in the past by focusing on something that has already occurred, or we are worrying about the future such as (foreseeing) the possible ramifications when mapping out a particular course of action. Either way, we are denied the joy – and the answers – that may be found from living in the present moment.
Be like a child and respond from the heart instead. Watch children at play. They don’t worry about the future as they play. They live in the moment and from the heart.
Start with Your Thoughts
You control your thoughts; your thoughts don’t control you. Keeping your thoughts on the past or the future leads to unhappiness and can potentially make you sick.
Instead, think about something that makes you smile or laugh. Watch a funny movie and laugh your way through it. Simple acts that bring a smile to your face will align you with your heart and the present moment.
In Henri Junttila’s book, Follow Your Heart, 21 Days to a Happier More Fulfilling Life, Mr. Junttila lists the benefits of letting your heart lead your decision-making process:
- Happiness (worry less)
- Trust (life is not a race)
- Synchronicity (solutions come when you need them)
- Passion (experience it now, not when you retire)
- Fulfillment (following your heart is fulfilling)
Another benefit of living from the heart is the ability to heal yourself and heal others in your presence. Did you know that the heart’s electrical field is 60 times greater in amplitude than brain waves? Not only is the heart more powerful, electrically speaking, but the electrical field can be detected several feet from a person’s body. According to a study by HeartMath, when people touch or are sitting close to each other, there is a transference of electromagnetic energy produced by the heart. The study confirmed that love and caring sent from one individual can be detected scientifically as an energy exchange impacting the other individual. If feeling a caring attitude towards someone else can have a positive impact, imagine what following your heart can do for you.
Following Your Heart Leads to Success
You’ve heard it before. If you follow your heart and love what you do the money will come. There are eight traits successful people share. They are:
- Passionate about what they do.
- Work hard while having fun.
- Focus on one thing.
- Getting out of the comfort zone.
- Generate new ideas.
- Getting better at what they do.
- Provide value to others.
- Remain persistent even through failure.
Out With the Old and In With the New
Wikihow.com, offers some great steps to help you define your heart’s desire so you CAN follow your heart.
It’s important to take time for you each day where you won’t be disturbed. Create an uncluttered space in your home for meditation or locate a place where you can think or daydream undisturbed. If it’s inside your home, consider putting objects or pictures within it that bring you joy. Next, open your heart to your friends or family, or find activities that make life enjoyable, so you can keep your heart open to new possibilities. Then decide what you want to accomplish. What are your true interests and aspirations in this lifetime? If it’s too hard to figure out on your own, ask for help from a trusted friend. Another step is to live your life in accordance with your desires, not someone else’s. Ask yourself, “What Do I Truly Want?” Give your heart time to provide you with answers. Once you figure out what you need to do to follow your heart – make a commitment to stick to it. Then Act On It.
- Get out of your comfort zone and take an art or dance class.
- Choose a topic and write about it (free writing).
- Sit somewhere comfortable and practice mindfulness (being aware of thoughts without acting upon them).
- Make a Big Change (consider taking educational courses, clear out your space – anything that will simulate forward movement).
- Make Small Changes (spend more time with friends and less time on the computer).
One meditation I’ve been listening to recently has helped me slow down my quick-thinking mind so I can focus on the present. Angel Contact and Light Body Activation is 32 minutes. Headphones are recommended.
“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
– Chief Tecumseh (1768-1813), Shawnee Nation.
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