Matters of the Heart - Part 1 of 4
by Denise Palmisano
When was the last time you really listened to your heart and what was important to you? If you could hear what your heart was truly saying, what would it tell you? What is wanting to awaken in your heart? What have you been putting on hold? What are you yearning to experience or express? Have you ever asked yourself those questions?
It would be safe to say that for the most part, our natural evolution from infant to adult has brought about a certain degree of programmed and hard-wired responses that has gotten us to this point in our lives. In a lot of ways, we have been surviving, not thriving. We have been in somewhat of a tribal comfort zone staying just within range of keeping the status quo, people pleasing, avoiding conflict and not standing out too much. After all, at one time or another, our survival depended on it. We learned the game and we played it well.
We have been on auto-pilot or sleepwalking when it comes to awakening to our individual and deepest yearnings and matters of the heart. When asked what we want in life we are often speechless. We don't have much of a capacity to articulate our deepest longings. We were not trained, given permission or asked to authentically express our heart and soul's desire as we grew up. Along the way our dreams and goals got stuffed and hidden deep inside. When we were no longer being held back by others, we began to stuff, limit and hide our potential from ourselves. We then learned the game of self-sabotage.
We joke, make excuses and justify why we are not living a fully engaged, fully expressed or fully realized life. We pretend it doesn't matter which is really saying we don't matter. You have probably even heard a little voice saying, "who do you think you are"?
I am going to suggest that your programming has created suffering and discontent along the way. You know what they say, "Be careful what you practice, you will get good at it". Most of the situations you find yourself in today are because of the blueprints created from that programming. You didn't really choose it, you just keep finding yourself back in the same place, further and further away from what really matters to you. That experience of separation from your authentic self takes its toll emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, financially and intellectually. It doesn't have to be this way. You can learn to intervene on the programming and open your heart to the depth, life force and vitality it was meant to experience.
If you are truly ready to experience a life you love then it will require you to learn to listen to your heart and the wisdom it holds for you. Are you ready to take responsibility to getting in alignment with what really matters to you and creating a life you love? Or, have you settled for a life of mediocrity, lack of fulfillment and self-sabotage?
It is not a matter of if you are out of integrity, it is a matter of where your thoughts, words and actions are out of alignment with what really matters to you. It is time to awaken to the fact that you matter and what you want to experience and express matters.
Creating a life you love is an 18" journey from your head to your heart. This is an inside job. The innovative work of awakening the authentic expression of who you know yourself to be is rich with distinctions, insight, understanding, compassion. acceptance and awareness. It will make the invisible, visible. It will bring light, awareness, acceptance and compassion to what has us as human beings suffer with and through our experiences and perceived lack and limitations.
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