“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.” Antoine de Saint Exupery
There’s nothing as intense and overpowering as the moment of clarity. It’s when our hearts and minds are open, and we are in alignment with all things that are possible for us. It’s blinding!
I spent quite a bit of time listening to and watching several energy updates and forecasts for the new year and new decade, and it seems like clarity of thought is front and center in all things personal, professional, political and worldly. It’s about time, don’t you think?
After all, thanks to the information we have at our fingertips, and the work we’re doing on ourselves, we are evolving, transforming and growing, in rapid rates, faster than ever before. We’re more in touch with our intuition and with our bodies.
As Lee Harris commented on his energy forecast, “People are coming back to their sensory selves faster than ever before.” This, my darlings, is becoming the new normal. ￼Yippie!
When we operate from this connected place, we can’t help but notice that we are leading from the heart. We’re leading from a place of divine truth. We’re leading with ease, confidence, joy and love. Can you relate?
Conversely, it is lack of clarity that creates chaos, frustration, sadness and fear. These emotions are poison. They sabotage our goals, dreams, and our day-to-day living and interaction with others.￼ When we dust off our glasses, put aside the fear mongering we are seeing so much of these days, and connect to our hearts, we are able to see everything clearer, bigger, more illuminated. We are able to intentionally interact with others at much higher levels than ever before. We are blinded by the light of clarity!
I believe that, when this occurs, our senses are heightened. We are more discerning. We have a laser beam focus. There’s an emotional awareness and connection to spirit that comes from operating from our heart center.
I also believe that Mother Nature is one of our greatest teachers and that the universe self corrects in ways that bring in all sorts of disasters so that humanity can come together. Just look at the compassion, empathy, togetherness and love that arises after disasters. Our hearts get ripped open, don’t they? And our hearts may also get triggered just the same.
It’s these triggers that we need to put under a microscope. These triggers may be keeping us from living out our greatness and from serving in ways we were meant to serve… with love.
Serving with love and intention is a practice just like any other practice. And it does take time, effort, patience, persistence and perseverance.
Don’t you think it’s high time we knock down the walls of fear, frustration, tension, conflict, and separation and build foundations of love, patience, ease, compassion, and unity? Don’t you think it’s time we take our thoughts, desires, aspirations and dreams and give them life in the world? Don’t you want to live in alignment with your creative flow? Don’t you want to operative from higher levels of emotional awareness and intelligence?
Are you willing to do the work? Nothing in our lives changes unless we are willing to do the work and get clear in all matters of the heart. It’s time to step up and step out, darlings!
If you don’t know where or how to start, I am here to tell you how simple it can be. Note to self…it may be simple, but it may also be painful! Nevertheless, it all starts with getting to know you better as well as setting daily intentions. I am also here to remind you that your intentions create your reality.
So…before we get to a little practice for setting intentions, allow me to share a few questions I came across as I was perusing many, many pages of the spectacular new issue of Mantra Magazine (my fave). The ENTIRE issue is on wellness. It’s like one big interactive journal!
These questions will help you to get to know YOU. I invite you to peruse them, use them as journaling prompts or topics of conversations with some beloved friends. Use them in any way that will serve YOU:
- When do I feel most creative?
- What qualities do I value and desire in my friends?
- Where do I feel at peace?
- What makes me feel valued and important?
- What do I look forward to the most?
- What do I struggle with the most?
- What makes me feel calm and centered?
- What do I do when I’m feeling overwhelmed and stressed?￼
- When do I feel confident in myself?
- How do I want to feel in the world?
- How can I face my fears more?
- How can I cultivate more confidence in myself?
- How can I improve my thinking in order to make my life better?
- What would help me grow as a person?
- What new ways can I express myself?
- What do I need more of?￼
- What do I need less of?
- When do I get mental clarity?￼
- How can I stay in tune with my body?
- When do I feel emotionally fulfilled?￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
- What makes me feel energized?￼
- When am I most empowered?
- When do I feel joyful?
- What obstacles are holding me back?
- What are my greatest sources of inspiration?
- When do I feel most proud of myself?
- What makes me feel valued and important?
- What is my greatest insecurity?
- What thoughts consume me throughout my day?
- How much time do I devote to self-care?￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
- What are the things I’d like to say no to?
- ￼￼What are the things I’d like to say yes to?
Lots to think about, right? Lots to act upon as well lots to excavate and elevate!
Now, for a little practice on intention setting all that is required is your willingness, your breath and your heart.
Upon awakening each day, resist the temptation to reach for your phone or electronic devices. Doing so will only fill your mind with clutter and distractions.
Begin your day by sitting in bed, a chair, yoga mat or meditation cushion. Close your eyes, and focus on your breath a little while. By focusing on how your breath travels through your body, you are practicing conscious breathing. Now bring your attention to your heart center, and see/feel it opening and blossoming like a lotus flower. When you feel ready, ask yourself:
What word or phrase embodies my wishes for today?
Let that word or phrase fill your heart, your mind and your awareness. You may be feeling one way, but your heart may be telling you something else. The key is to honor that voice of the heart, your instinct and intuition￼￼ because the heart connects us to the flow of love.
When you are ready, open your eyes slowly, and take a few deep breaths. Keep your intention(s) close to your heart, and tap into it throughout your day and throughout all your encounters and interactions.
Darlings, I invite you to make this an every day practice. Remember, consistency creates the change we want to see. Sit as little or as long as you would like. The point is to be consistent with your practice so that you can be open to your spiritual and energetic self. This morning ritual will allow you to move throughout your day with confidence, purpose, ease and love.
￼As we are always reminded in yoga…. it’s a practice- not a perfect- so leave that judgemental voice out of the picture! Bid it farewell. And speaking of judgemental voices, be sure you check out my previous blog New Decade – New Voice if you have not already done so. Carry on, my darlings!
Lead with Love… always and in all ways, JTC