“The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.”
I have had a number of occasions lately to hear about how the exuberance of youth fades as the years go by. Some of us have never recovered from the pain of a lost love and limit ourselves for fear of being hurt. Most of us however just get too busy to truly follow our hearts. Over coffee this morning a friend and I discussed how youthful dreams and enjoyment fade as our lives are taken over by convention and unimportant busyness. Few of us as we age appreciate a shared experience, a moonlit night, a fresh flower, a walk in a warm rain, nor do we find much opportunity to discover what might bring us joy. I also grieve for those of us that are so busy trying to prove our worth to others through the things we buy that we have lost our ability to prove to ourselves that we have the capacity to be truly happy through the appreciation of even the simplest of things.
The following article suggests that we all would benefit if we relearned to follow our hearts and I agree. In my experience it is when we think less and feel more that we discover how good our lives can be.
Do You Truly Follow Your Heart...or Someone Else's Head?
You know how it feels when you truly follow your heart. Every inch of your body -- the very fabric of your soul -- feels alive. And even if your head is telling you no, you do it anyway because something bigger, something more primal, is telling you yes. "You know when you are following your heart because it will feel right even if your mind is uncomfortable, you will feel an openness and aliveness as you follow what is true for you."
Now, when's the last time you followed that feeling? Really threw caution to the wind and went full speed ahead for an opportunity, relationship, or experience that made you tingle with excitement? Been awhile? For most adults, the answer is yes. As kids, though, we did it all the time.
As we grow older, though, our heads often get in the way. They're filled with "reasons we shouldn't," "things that could go wrong," or "more important things to do." And, perhaps worst of all, they become very susceptible to the opinions of others, including those of society.
Whose Life Is It Anyway? This is the question you need to ask yourself. Whose life is it that you are living? Think a moment before you answer. Are you working in a job that makes sense or that you love? Do you surround yourself with people who you should associate with, or those that you adore? And are you living your life the way that you want to, or the way that someone else -- your parents, your spouse, society -- wants you to? If you can't answer the original question with a heartfelt "MINE!" then you got to this article just in time. What follows is the secret to living YOUR life YOUR way.
Learning to Follow Your Heart
Following your heart is a two-step process. The first step is letting go of your need for approval. This opens the door to things like splashing barefoot through a fountain, giggling at completely inappropriate times, and striking up conversations with total strangers. Because, you see, once you stop caring about what other people think of you, you start caring about what you really want to do.
The second step of the process, then, is learning what it is you truly want. This can be tricky because society conditions us to want certain things (from material possessions to life arrangements). In reality, you may want none of those, or you may want them all. Either way is fine; the key is to notice and realize what your heart is telling you. If you listen, you can do no wrong.
"If you are feeling some doubt it does not mean that the message should not be trusted," "It simply means that it is time to let go. When you are wondering whether or not a message is coming from your heart simply let go."
About the Author:
Hale Dwoskin is the author of the New York Times best seller "The Sedona Method." Hale is the CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates. He has trained thousands of people worldwide to release limiting and unwanted thoughts and feelings using the powerful Sedona Method techniques.
“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart...pursue those.”
In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some past actual label instructions on consumer goods:
On Sears hairdryer: Do not use while sleeping. (Gee, that's the only time I have to work on my hair!)
On a bag of Fritos: You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside. (The shoplifter special!)
On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert: Do not turn upside down. (printed on bottom of the box) (Too late! You lose!)
On Nytol sleep aid: Warning: may cause drowsiness. (One would hope!)
On a childs superman costume: Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly. (That's right, destroy a universal childhood fantasy!)
“The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand”
Little Johnny had bought Grandma a book for her birthday and wanted to write a suitable inscription. He racked his brain until suddenly he remembered that his father had a book with an inscription of which he was very proud, so Johnny decided to use it.
You can imagine Grandma's surprise when she opened her book, a Bible, and found neatly inscribed the following phrase: "To Grandma, with the compliments of the author."
Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks two sizes!
Why do women get married? lack of experience
Why do they get divorced? lack of patience
Why do they get married again? lack of memory
Men are like economy.
Hair line is in recession, stomach is a victim of inflation, and both of these together causing deep depression
Three boys are in the schoolyard bragging about their fathers.
The first boy says, "My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50."
The second boy says, "That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100."
The third boy says, "I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon. And, it takes eight people to collect all the money!"
A woman is never as old as her best friend says she is.
More real signs:
Plumbing Truck: "We repair what your husband fixed."
Pizza shop slogan: "7 days without pizza makes one Weak."
At a tire shop in Milwaukee: "Invite us to your next blowout."
Door of a plastic surgeons office: "Hello, can we pick your nose?"
Sign at the psychic's Hotline: "Don't call us, we'll call you."
At a Towing Company: "We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows."
"Procrastination isn't the problem, it's the solution. So procrastinate now, don't put it off."
After a recent move, I made up a list of companies, agencies and services that needed to know my new address and phoned each one to ask for the change to be made.
Everything went smoothly until I called one of my frequent flier accounts. After I explained to the representative what I wanted to do, the woman told me, "I'm sorry, but we can't do that over the phone. You'll have to fill out our change of address form."
"How do I get one of those?" I asked.
"We'd be happy to provide you with one," she said pleasantly. "May I have your new address so that I can mail it to you?"
If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.
James A. Garfield.
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