Posts tagged ‘listening’

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. 🙂

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May 31, 2014

A stillness that unmasks

Thought for the last day of May, courtesy of Franz Kafka:

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Be open to the rolling. Welcome it with joy.

 

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 4, 2013

When the moment calls you, listen

Ever wonder what it means to live in the present? Here’s a great example from Stephen Hume’s essay “A Walk with the Rainy Sisters,” published in his anthology of the same name:

The wind rose suddenly the other night, nudging me awake. It rustled through the forest canopy of maple and willow outside my window and snuffled around the eaves like some enormous, restless animal.

I slipped out of bed and into a pair of jeans, shrugged into my old Cowichan sweater with the snowflake pattern, stepped outside the world we parcel out in hours, minutes and seconds and went for a walk in the dishevelled vastness of time embedded in every starry night at the edge of the continent.

The wind had swept the sky clear. . . . Above the road, a river of stars, the Milky Way, the embracing arms of the galaxy . . . . The whole vista of the winter heavens spread around me.

Awoken on a windy night that seemed to whisper his name, Hume gave in to the mystery of that call. He didn’t roll over and go back to sleep. Instead, he grasped the moment and went outside for a walk, alone, in the middle of a dark, chilly night. As a result, he was dazzled by a clear, glittering sky and filled with such a strong sense of peaceful connectedness that the memory of it continues to move him to this day.

Being present doesn’t have to involve big moments. All it requires is recognizing — and acting on — the urges that pull you at the very moment they pull. They’re there for a reason, those urges. Listen, and your life will be rich.

March 5, 2013

Why it pays to listen to your heart

Wise words, courtesy of author Paulo Coelho in his excellent novel The Alchemist:

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?”  the boy asked.
“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.”