If you can’t feel your intuition: if like most of us she has been ignored, shut down and pushed under to the point where all you hear is silence, yet you know something is silently screaming … Do something drastic! Hike the Pacific Crest Trail, throw in your day job, move countries, be homeless, meditate day and night … Do whatever it takes to get the conversation started! Without listening to that voice (our inner spirit and voice of our creator) we’re as good as dead.
This is what I am most often trying to remind myself: LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN. Not to my chattering and fearful mind, but to the deep core of my soul. My yogic and vegan lifestyle is my conscious effort to connect with my soul-voice. When I eat, drink and think purely, my divine guidance is easier to hear. It’s a constant work in progress: red wine and raw chocolate sing to me in harmony …
I asked my grandfather as he lay in the hospital bed in 2010 – “What is one piece of advice you can give me?”
“Just do it.” He said. “If you want anything: Just do it.”
His advice certainly sounds simple and straightforward … but the amount of times my fear has gotten in the way of my desire is countless. Prolonged breakups, bad business decisions, staying small, staying stuck. I don’t have enough money. I don’t have enough time. I don’t have enough skills, talent, worth. I don’t have enough enough ENOUGH! …
In truth: I am enough. You are enough. We are all enough and we are free to follow our hearts. In fact, I believe that is why we are here. Our dreams and intuition are not fluffy and empty desires – but rather divine guidance, sent from the cosmos for us to share with the world and with each other. When we face our mortality head-on we can feel there is nothing else to live for but the edge. Who knows if and when we might be back? Let’s get comfortable with being uncomfortable!
A few years ago I met renowned author and alternative medicine practitioner Deepak Chopra at a meditation circle he was holding in Union Square. The attendees could ask him one question. At this point in my life I had been living in New York for about two years and was rather desperately searching for a new path after putting the brakes on my career in the fashion industry. I asked him, “How can I reignite my passion?”
Deepak’s reply was simple: “What would you do if money was no object? Do that.”
Instantly my mind was flooded with excuses. Then I surrendered. I now try to live my life as though money is no object: I follow my bliss. Often times it’s vulnerable and uncomfortable – but it’s also juicy, succulent, raw and ripe. It’s filled with twists and turns – my own mysteriously unfolding and can’t-put-it-down novel. I don’t know where I’m going and I know it’s the only choice I have.
Take risks and be daring! As far as I can tell, it’s the only way to truly live.
My Heart Sings For my grampy – I miss you, What If Money Was No Object narrated by philosopher Alan Watts - the most inspiring three minutes ever!! New Zealand in the summertime, chia seed pudding from The Juice Press, belly-dancing, The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer – wow, a life-altering read! My amazing friend and mentor Jennifer Markas from Damsels in Design.