Posts tagged ‘heart’

July 27, 2015

Home: it’s the heart of any matter

Ever felt like you were truly “home”? What did that mean to you? Jennifer Hahn, in her travel memoir Spirited Waters: Soloing Through the Inside Passage, offers this wonderful reflection after spending months at sea on a solo kayak trip:

A sense of “home” isn’t conjured so much by a particular geography, defined by house walls, property lines, or loran[long-range navigation]-exact latitudes and longitudes. Rather, the feeling of “being home” grows out of an openness of the heart.

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October 25, 2014

Let go of “right” or “wrong” and go with your gut

Artist and author Toni Carmine Salerno writes:

Ultimately there are no right or wrong decisions, only different experiences.

These words take some pressure off those of us who tend to worry about whether we’re making the “right” choice about how to proceed in whatever life circumstances we’re facing.

Ultimately, every choice you make is the right one, because every experience you encounter holds value. The key, I think, is to let your intuition be your guide: if your intuition (a.k.a. gut instinct, subconscious mind, higher self, etc.) keeps poking you to do a certain thing or move in a certain direction, listen! Do that thing your intuition urges, even if the idea seems crazy or risky to your rational mind and/or the people around you.

The heart holds much truth. In the last few years, I have discovered that listening to my heart’s urgings (no matter how ridiculous or frightening they may at first seem) actually brings resolution to some of the fractious or troublesome pieces of my life. Acting on these urges isn’t always easy, and the outcome may not always be what I’d hoped for, but the process enables me to either embrace something new or let go of something old (often something that’s been dogging me for a long time). I loose my mind of the anxiety associated with “should I / shouldn’t I / what if?” and I’m able to move forward lighter, freer, contented — and proud of myself for taking control of my life. A very empowering and totally worthwhile experience. ūüôā

September 8, 2014

This full moon, return to yourself

On the eve of the 2014 harvest moon — also a supermoon — I share the lyrics from the song “Return to Innocence” by Enigma.

In this life, follow your heart, and don’t be afraid to take a risk or two. Be well.

Don’t be afraid to be weak.
Don’t be too proud to be strong.
Just look into your heart, my friend;
That will be the return to yourself:
The return to innocence.

If you want, then start to laugh.
If you must, then start to cry.
Be yourself; don’t hide.
Just believe in destiny.
Don’t care what people say.
Just follow your own way.
Don’t give up and lose the chance
To return to innocence.

July 21, 2014

Keep rubbing the coin that is your heart . . .

Thought of the moment, courtesy of author and poet Maya Angelou in her book Letter to My Daughter:

The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labour. The human heart is so robust, so tough, that once encouraged it beats its rhythm with a loud unswerving insistency.

Two sides of the human heart — fragility and fortitude. The sides oppose one another, yet both require the same crucial ingredient — encouragement — in order to persist, to flourish.

Surround yourself with people, places and environments that encourage and support your heart. Do this always. And above all else, make sure that you yourself are the biggest, loudest, most loyal and enduring source of encouragement in your own life.

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April 30, 2014

You don’t have time to sit and doubt . . .

Inspiration for the last day of April:

The heart knows the truth.
Trust it, for life is short.

(From the film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day)

February 19, 2014

The meat of life is here

Thought for the day, courtesy of author Annie Dillard:

There are not events but thoughts and the heart’s hard turning, the heart’s slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times.

December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays

The best gift you can give is

the gift of your time;

the gift of an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on;

the gift of an open heart.

Merry Christmas.

October 7, 2013

Observed on the street: Pinboard enlightenment

I read this message today on an event poster tacked onto a community bulletin board in my favourite local bookstore:

“Trust your intuition!” says Philip Ponchet, president of the Inner Peace Movement of Canada. Ponchet believes our answers in life come from our intuition, something many of us second-guess and tend not to trust. “We think too much. We’ve been taught to be analytical, but when it comes to what we really need for ourselves, our intellect isn’t going to help us. It has to come from inside, from the heart,” says Ponchet.

This is a message I was grateful to come across today. Thank you, random pinboard advertising!

September 19, 2013

A place where everything else falls away . . .

I can associate with these words from Claire Fontaine, co-author of the book Have Mother, Will Travel:

Silence and solitude are as necessary to me as air. It’s where anything false about me falls away and I’m only and ever my most essential self, as true and powerful as we all are at our core.

Beautiful. In today’s ever-moving, ever-talking society, it can sometimes be difficult to find that silence and solitude, that air for the soul. But it is there, if you look for it. It is in the peace and serenity of a solitary walk in nature, the sun warming your skin and magnifying the sights and smells of the life around you. It is in a quiet evening at home, candles lit, a carefully prepared dinner for one on the table before you. It is in your breath, gentle and nourishing, as it glides through your body when you wake up in the morning, when you go to bed at night, and at all points in between. It is there, if you look for it, and if you make space for it. It is there, always.

August 9, 2013

What would happen today?

What would happen today if I . . .

Р did the thing that scares me,
Р said what I really think,
Р told someone I love them,
Р stood up for what I believe in,
Р honoured my true feelings,
Р acted from my heart?

What, indeed.