What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.Rumi
In the field of positive psychology, scientists have found six pathways to living a life fulfilled; should we want to, we could choose to focus on just one of the pathways and be one step closer to truly feeling alive.
That’s living with intention.
But if we’re not careful, we bat away at all the balls that life throws our way, and we call that life.
Life isn’t real unless you begin to realize you manifest everything with intention.
So true living, and conquering your presence in this time and place, is a skill that can be mastered: instead of swatting away at everything that comes in our direction, we can choose which balls to make direct contact with – and hit those out of the park.
If you want to master true living, you have channel my dog, Laniakea. What she’s currently obsessed with: removing the stuffing out of any and all toys that come her way.
If you want to conquer the part of you that holds yourself back, learn to remove the stuffing: remove all fluff that surrounds what you’re passionate about. The fluff has anything to do with things that include “shouldn’ts” or “can’ts.” If you want to be a magician, go for it. If you want to start a circus, I’ll be the first one to sign up to come (so long as no animals are harmed in the process)!
If you stick with it long enough, because what you’re truly passionate about came packaged with enough emotional charge, you’ll find yourself in a world where your reality far exceeds expectations.
The greatest lie you’ve been told in this life is that you are not to be trusted.
And you’ve believed this lie if you’re:
- in a job you dislike
- waking up and rolling out of bed begrudgingly
- daydreaming about something/place/person else than where you are in life
- unhappy with any aspect of your life (career, health, fun, relationships, environment, spirituality)
You’ve bought into a lie and continue living day-to-day, year-after-year, thinking that you have to/should/ought to do life a certain way:
- choose stability over opportunity
- make logical choices over inspiring ones
- live life comfortably over living life excitedly
There isn’t a single one of us reading this now who was born to fit into a mold: you were born to do what you’re passionate about. You were simply wired to do all of those things that make you smile.
You’re built that way.
And if you’re built that way, the Universe has your back. It gave the fish water to swim in, birds air to fly through, and plants sunlight to grow – don’t you think the Universe has also equipped you with what you need to flourish?
If we don’t follow what we’re passionate about because we’ve bought into a lie, and we should begin to do everything but what supports that lie, then all that’s left is knowing that happiness is yours to choose.
If you’re following, great. If not, even more great – because your unconscious mind and the greater part of you understands truly what that means.
So all I have to do show you three steps to following what you’re passionate about:
- Connect to your intuition. For only fifteen minutes per day (that’s just 1% of your day!), find a place to sit quietly. In that duration, your only directions are to follow your breath – in, and out. The higher part of you (whether you call it the soul, higher-self, or your spirit) speaks in a language of silence. Carving out just 1% of your day to listen to it goes a long way.
- Believe in yourself. Vow to speak a language of love and truth from this moment onward – all you have to do is say one thing out loud, that you might be afraid to say – with the caveat of saying it to yourself in front of the mirror. Look yourself in the eyes, and say one thing that you’ve been afraid to say, and say it with sincerity. Whether they’re words of love, or words of pain, you deserve to hear yourself.
- Day-dream journaling. We’ve all heard of dream-journaling – where we make it an intention to write down what we remember about dreams as soon as we wake up. This third step comes with a twist. Carry around a journal with you (or an app on your phone where you can jot things down), and write down everything you day-dream about. Do you day-dream about slaying dragons? Hey – absolutely no judgments here. Write them down. Do this for four weeks; at the end of four weeks, find a pattern. And incorporate that pattern into your day. For example, if the pattern you find is speaking in front of others with confidence, join a toast-masters.
Remember – cut the fluff. What’s left is pure, emotionally-charged life-force that you were built to utilize today.
Live with intention. Inspire with Love.