In my own journey to understand what it truly means to live from the heart, I've encountered various ideas and philosophies.
It's been a process of unlearning the years spent ignoring that inner voice. Recently, in the spiritual community, we've been hearing a lot about the concept of following our heart, but what does it really involve or require?
Recently, I came across a YouTube video with a channeled message from the angels, along with Anne Tucker's insightful translation and discussion of the message. This, in my opinion, opened up the topic in a whole new way, and I'm excited to share my understanding with you.
Living from the Heart
Living from the heart isn't just about making whimsical choices. It's a conscious shift from a mind-driven existence to a heart-centered one.
From a young age, we're conditioned to rely on our rational minds – to plan meticulously, overthink, and make decisions based on past experiences or external authorities.
These patterns often stem from a sense of insecurity that external influences have instilled in us. The world bombards us with messages that we can't trust ourselves, that something is amiss, and we need to conform to predefined norms.
As a result, we become trapped in our minds, and even when we hear the advice to 'follow your heart,' we process it through a mental filter.
Letting Our Hearts Lead the Way
The truth, as revealed in the channeled message, is that our minds were never meant to be the lead actors in our life's story.
They're essential, but their role is to serve the heart's desires, not overshadow them. True living from the heart involves noticing what brings us joy and excitement, and then using our minds to bring those heart-driven ideas into reality.
What do you think about this idea of living from the heart? If you're interested, here's how you might get started...
How to Start Letting Your Heart Lead
(1) Self-Reflection: Take some time to reflect on your life and how you are living it now.
Do you already make some choices based on your heart's desires, or do you mostly follow your mind's dictates?
(2)Try Mindfulness Practices: Meditation, deep breathing exercises, and moments of quiet self-reflection can help you connect with your inner self. These practices create a space for you to listen to your heart.
(3) Identify What Lights You Up: Pay attention to what truly brings you joy and excitement. Make a list of activities, hobbies, or interests that you've always loved or choose something new you'd like to explore.
(4) Set Clear Intentions: Once you've identified what brings you joy and excitement, set clear intentions for yourself.
What do you want to experience in your life, and how do you want to feel? Setting intentions provides direction for your heart's desires.
(5) Follow Your Inner Guidance: Trust your intuition. When faced with decisions, take a moment to quiet your mind and listen to your inner guidance. Your heart will often know what you need, even when it defies logic.
(6) Take Inspired Action: When your heart speaks, take inspired action. Don't overthink it; trust that your heart's desires are leading you toward a life you will love.
(7) Adjust as Needed: it's the mind that expects you to do it once and get it right thereafter. But the truth is, while living from the heart can become a way of life, it's not likely to be a perfect, linear path.
Here's a heart-centered meditation that may help you connect more deeply to your heart.
Try this Heart-Centered Meditation
Begin by finding a quiet and comfortable space where you can sit or lie down. Close your eyes and take a few deep, cleansing breaths to relax your body and mind.
Pay attention to your breath as it flows in and out. Feel the rise and fall of your chest with each breath. Imagine that with each inhale, you are drawing energy and light into your heart.
Picture a warm, radiant light at the center of your chest. This light represents your heart's energy. It's filled with love, compassion, and wisdom.
Imagine someone or something that fills your heart with love and gratitude. Maybe a loved one, a cherished memory, or a place of happiness.
As you think about it, allow the warm light in your heart to grow brighter and more expansive.
In your mind, open the doors of your heart wide. Imagine that your heart is a sanctuary where your true self lives.
Feel the love, courage, and authenticity within you. Allow this energy to radiate from your heart and fill your entire being.
As you bask in this heart-centered energy, ask your heart if there's any message or guidance it wants to share with you.
Listen for any subtle insights or feelings that arise. Trust that your heart has something to say, even if it isn't in words.
Now that your heart is open and connected, let yourself dream about the kind of life you want to create. What would it look like and feel like?
As you bring this meditation to a close, thank your heart for its wisdom and guidance, and for the connection you're feeling.
When you're ready, gently bring your awareness back to your physical environment. Open your eyes and take a moment to reflect on the meditation.
Exploring Living from the Heart
Thanks for exploring this idea with me. I'd love to know your thoughts.
See you tomorrow!