“Acting with deep compassion from within my own being, I dispel all ignorance-born darkness with wisdom’s resplendent light. ” – Bhagavad Gita
The word courage is rooted in the Latin cor, meaning heart. Has anyone ever said to you, “just follow your heart”? It’s a nicety to think that it’s just that easy, but if you’ve ever acted out the whispers of your heart, you know it’s far from easy. It is simple, but definitely not easy.
Your heart is the one that calls to you to do things like…
Quit the job that’s sucking your soul. (But with no way of knowing how you’ll make rent next month.)
Leave relationships that have become as familiar as brushing your teeth.
Take a good, hard look at the habitual behaviour that’s keeping you far from the reaches of your potential, and yes CHANGE it.
Vulnerably, openly, honestly tell yourself and those who need to know how you’re REALLY doing and ask for the help, support, guidance that you need.
Cry, out loud, because you’re sad and that sadness needs to escape the constraints of your body.
Send that email asking for whatever it is you believe is on the other end, knowing you might not get it, heck they might not even respond – but your heart says: send it anyway.
Your heart says, stay home on days when your mind says “you should go”, and it says “show up” on the days when your mind says “lets’ stay home”. Your heart is that place within you that knows the outcome that your mind so desperately wants to predict and yet we’ve grown accustomed to trusting the wrong guide.
This week, I’ve got a challenge in exercising your courage muscle and continuing (or beginnig) the journey to more deeply trusting and following the wisdom of your heart.
First, take a five minute time out from your computer, TV, iphone etc. Sit quietly with your eyes closed, your legs and arms uncrossed, and your feet on the floor. Take three deep breaths in through your nose and blow them gently out through your mouth. Then, bring your awareness to the area behind your sternum, your heart. (Not your beating heart, but your spiritual heart). Take one final breath and feel your inhale fill that area and then blow it gently out. In closing, ask your heart, what should I do now?
Whatever answer comes, be it in the form of a thought, a feeling, an intuition – whatever bubbles to the surface of your awareness: write it down and act on it as immediately as you can. And if you’re feeling extra courageous, leave a comment here, or on the facebook page about your experience.
**Don’t worry if at first you don’t get ‘anything’. In fact, don’t worry if you don’t get anything at all. Just the practice of breathing, quieting your mind and tuning in to your heart is benefit enough. Try it again tomorrow. **
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings