Following Your Heart Can Lead You to a New State of Happiness

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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:

  1. Passionate about what they do.
  2. Work hard while having fun.
  3. Focus on one thing.
  4. Getting out of the comfort zone.
  5. Generate new ideas.
  6. Getting better at what they do.
  7. Provide value to others.
  8. 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.

  1. Get out of your comfort zone and take an art or dance class.
  2. Choose a topic and write about it (free writing).
  3. Sit somewhere comfortable and practice mindfulness (being aware of thoughts without acting upon them).
  4. Make a Big Change (consider taking educational courses, clear out your space – anything that will simulate forward movement).
  5. 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.
Courtesy of https://lifeondoverbeach.wordpress.com

Psychic Fun: Testing Your Sensitivity
This activity can be done with a friend or by yourself.

Take your left hand and hold your palm about a ½ inch from a hand mirror. Then do the same with your right hand. Determine which hand emits more heat. Use your “hot” hand to determine your level of sensitivity. If neither hand is more sensitive try this test using one hand then the other.

Get several metals such as copper, iron, zinc and aluminum. Place your hand above each (allow your hand to hover about one inch above each individual metal piece), and see if you can “sense” the different properties of each metal. Next, place the metal pieces in similarly wrapped packages and number the packages. One by one see if you can determine the type of metal in each package. Document your findings.

Finding Inspiration in Springtime

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Spring is a time of hope and new beginnings. Look around you. Birds are building nests. Flowers are blooming. People are getting outdoors and mowing, riding bikes or walking. It’s time to put away that heavy winter coat, break out of your routine, and reinvigorate your life.

In the Beginning

While routines are comfortable and may be perceived as being less risky, breaking out of your comfort zone opens the door to new opportunities in your life.  So where do you start? How do you find the inspiration to try something new?

Begin by taking time to be curious about the world around you.

In Michael J. Gelb’s book, “How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci,” Gelb writes: “Great minds ask great questions. The questions that “engage our thought” on a daily basis reflect our life purpose and influence the quality of our lives. By cultivating a Da Vinci-like open, questing frame of mind, we broaden our universe and improve our ability to travel through it.”

He added that Leonardo’s insatiable curiosity, led to a life of continuous learning. “The desire to know, to learn, and to grow is the powerhouse of knowledge, wisdom, and discovery.”

Take the First Step

Gelb suggests the following ideas to get started on your new path of exploration.

  1. Keep a journal or notebook available and write down questions and thoughts to explore.
  2. Take time for reflection.
  3. Learn something new.
  4. Seek different perspectives.
  5. Read.
  6. Learn about different cultures or languages. Parlez Vous Francais?
  7. Get feedback from your friends.

OK. So not everyone can be the great artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. For the rest of us, there are other ways to find inspiration. Steve Tobak, a contributing writer for Entrepreneur magazine suggests the following:

  • Brainstorm ideas – even the crazy ones – with friends you can trust.
  • Drink caffeine (he really suggested this!)
  • Turn off the electronics and social media and disconnect for a little while.
  • Take a walk.
  • Start a project that has nothing to do with work.
  • Do something strenuous that will get your blood pumping and neurons firing.
  • Sit out in nature.
  • Participate in meditation to unblock your mind.
  • Play with children or watch them play.

Too far away from nature to experience it or don’t like the bugs? Why not watch nature shows on your local public broadcasting TV station? The website TinyBuddha.com offers multiple ways to open yourself up to new ideas, such as saying yes to something you’ve always said no to because you might be embarrassed. Join a meetup group; there is usually little to no cost involved. Volunteer to help a friend, someone in your neighborhood, or at your church or local non-profit. Bake cookies and share them. For more ways to make change happen visit: http://tinybuddha.com/blog/50-ways-to-open-your-world-to-new-possibilities/.

While taking that first step out of your routine can be a scary one, it’s well worth it if you are seeking a better life experience overall. Who knows? You may make a new friend or start a new hobby or even find a career you love!

Psychic Fun: Seeing Auras 101
This activity can be done with a friend or by yourself.

If you would like to see your friend’s aura, have the person stand about 1 ½ feet away from you against a white or light colored wall. Soften your focus and look just past them about an inch away from the body. You should see a field of energy surrounding the person. To me it looks like shimmering heat, such as the steam that rises off of hot pavement. Ask yourself, “What color do I see? Show me the color.” While you may not “see” a color, you may receive an impression of a color in your mind. Once you do, look it up to see what it means: http://psychiclibrary.com/beyondBooks/aura-colors-and-meanings/

You can do the same thing with plants, animals, objects, even yourself.

If you would like to try seeing your own aura take the following steps:

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit with a nearby table.
  2. Place a piece of white paper on the table then rub your hands together over it.
  3. Hold your hands slightly apart (as if you are about to place them together in prayer).
  4. Look softly at the space between your hands for a few minutes. You should see an energy field surrounding each finger.
  5. Ask for guidance on the color or colors you “see.”

When Life Isn’t Going as Planned Maybe It’s Time to Change the Plan

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You’ve heard it before: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Let’s face it, life can throw some curve balls. You may have experienced something that seems life changing or traumatic, and you wonder what is the next step I need to take?

There are numerous reasons you may have been “forced” into a state of change. Instead of asking why, consider that life may have something better in store for you, making the shift necessary to open up new possibilities in your path.

This Bird Teaches Lessons
There is a house wren in my backyard that sits on one feeder day in and day out. It’s a perfect world for him: tasty birdseed, a comfortable perch and a protected environment (except for that pesky hawk). When other birds come to eat at the feeder he doesn’t fight with the other birds. He simply flies to another perch. In a simple way, the bird can teach us to be more flexible with life’s disruptions.

Thoughts Come and Go Quickly
Did you know that the time between a thought and a physical response is a mere 150 milliseconds? That’s .15 of a second. If there is a loud noise preceding the thought, that time – from thought to physical action – is reduced by an additional 18 milliseconds. So why does this matter? Once we realize we are in control of our thoughts, we know it takes less than a second to shift focus to the present moment, which is a quicker way to be open to something new.

In her article, “9 Ways to Let Go of Stuck Thoughts,” Theresa Borchard offers these strategies to help move forward in your thinking:

  1. Don’t Talk Back
  2. Know it will pass
  3. Focus on NOW
  4. Tune into the senses
  5. Do something else
  6. Change your obsession
  7. Blame the (bio) chemistry
  8. Picture it
  9. Admit powerlessness

There is another way to learn to exercise control in your thoughts in order to be open to new experiences: Meditation. Here is a simple 15-minute meditation that can help you reclaim a positive outlook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r-CRbY6g7s.

Staying Positive When Life Throws a Curve Ball
Realize that things do work themselves out in the end. So how do you stay focused on the positive when life doesn’t seem to be going your way? Say the following daily until you believe it: Everything always works out for me. It always has, and it always will. Need something more? An article from Elite Daily offers these tips:

  1. Trust
  2. Change your plans
  3. Meditate
  4. Be patient
  5. Be positive, even when you’re not positive
  6. Stop focusing on the stressors instead of your blessings
  7. Live in the now
  8. Just go with it
  9. Have faith
  10. Turn your mess into your message (pain is temporary)
Psychic Test for Fun: Channeling Emotion
For this experiment, you will need to work with a friend (who can be across town or across the country).

Write down these emotions on a piece of paper: happiness, anger, grief, surprise, fear, shock.

Schedule a day and specific time where you and a friend can test out telepathy skills. Prior to the appointed time, ask your friend to find a quiet place without distractions and sit in a relaxed state about 5 minutes before you begin the exercise. Each of you should practice meditative breathing: breathe in to a count of four – hold for four counts – breath out for a count of four and hold for four counts. Taking this step will help you get more focused and relaxed.

At your end, visualize each emotion listed on the piece of paper. Leave time out in between – about 30 seconds – as you “send” the emotions to your friend. Really get into it as if you are an actor on a stage. Ask your friend at the other end to write down the time and their thoughts for each feeling received.

Afterwards, compare notes and see how well you did. This test can also be conducted using different scents. Use strong scents such as vinegar, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and bleach and see how you do.

Love Humanity and Heal Your Heart

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I conducted a little experiment the other day that I urge you to try. I was exercising at the gym and raised my heart rate significantly. To reduce my blood pressure, I slowed down my activity level, took a deep breath, and visualized white light coming down from above and into the top of my head. I watched the white light work its way through my body, clearing out the debris of the day that lodged itself within my mind and heart. I then opened my heart to love and sent that love out to everyone in the gym and beyond the walls of the building.

So how did sending out love impact my heart rate? It slowed my heart rate down to under 120 beats per minute in less than a minute. Love = improved heart health.

Love Ain’t Easy
Sometimes it’s hard for us to open up to someone else and show love. Love makes us feel vulnerable, so it’s understandable that we, as human beings, tend to shy away from the feeling or the expression of it.

However, there are many different kinds of love. Love doesn’t have to be directed at a person. Love can be directed at children playing, a plant, a blade of grass, a bird or a tree. Love does not have to be personal to have an effect on you or those around you.

The opening of the heart is the doorway into that, so that when you love your cat, you love your child, or you love your beloved, or you love nature, that is the doorway. You start with that kind of love, which is relational, romantic love, and then that’s a doorway that moves you into the kind of merging quality where we are together in love, which is in the oneness of it all, in the existence of it all, which is God. 

Ram Dass

Being Kind to Self

The first step, say many experts, is to love yourself. Easy to say, but not so easy to do. When thoughts turn negative and “word loops” pop into the mind – “How could I be so stupid?” “I’d be more attractive if I …” “Someone would love me if only I would (correct a behavior).” Accept where you are at this moment. Acknowledge that you are in control of your own thoughts. Be kind to yourself. Be grateful for the opportunities and the gifts you have. Realize what you are doing when you berate yourself (making yourself feel bad) and shift your thoughts to something you appreciate about you! For more on the topic visit: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-heart/201403/the-kind-love-does-your-heart-good

The Power of Unconditional Love
Simply put: releasing love from the heart makes you feel better.

Unconditional love – an overpowering feeling that releases endorphins and makes the whole body feel good – does not have to be directed at that special someone. Case in point: When I first met my neighbor’s twins, they were 2 years old. That day, as I was introduced to them, I dropped down on my knees and opened my arms to them and hugged them. My heart swelled with love in a way that caught me completely by surprise. I realized at that moment I was overwhelmed with feelings of unconditional love.

We forget that love is a natural state of being that can be directed at anyone or anything. Agape, which is considered by some to be love in its purest form, can be charitable love: helping your neighbor, your church, your community, or someone you do not know; cherishing friendships and the gifts others bring into your life; or doing the right thing – the loving thing – for someone else.

Breathe deeply and take time to feel love. If you can’t feel it, fake it until you do. If you can’t fake it, share love. Experience how this simple act makes you feel better, and realize that love can be a powerful tool for healing.

 



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