It is said that the greatest guide to living a prosperous, happy life of love is to listen to your heart.
Just follow its guidance and you’ll be all set. At least that is the conventional wisdom that drives us to eschew the ordinary life and set off on the road less traveled.
And yet … there seems to be a design flaw.
I don’t know about you, but I have one hell of a time hearing my heart. I know its wisdom is back there somewhere. But it’s lodged behind the ranting of my incessant, worried mind, a million to-do’s, and a cacophony of mid-life emotions.
It’s also buried behind the subtle over-layer of apps, texts, emails, phone calls, appointments, traffic jams, calories, doctor appointments, instant messages, chats, whether to eat chocolate or not, and the frenetic microcosm of social media.
Bottom line: I can’t frigging hear my heart!
And yet … I know if I just stop and listen, like really stop and listen, I can hear it.
The fact is I don’t want to listen.
My heart will tell me that my constant ‘doing’ must end. That I must be willing to let go and hang out with the mystery of life for a while. If I really want to feel my feelings, I must stop being so busy-busy-busy.
My heart will say that far more urgent than anything on my ‘must do’ list is my own – our own – continued healing.
Many of us are all in a state of subtle emergency most of the time. But we proceed as if this is the human condition. And yet … it’s not.
Underneath all the furor of modern life, we are calmly rational. Furthermore, we know exactly what to do at any given moment. In fact, our nervous system is always ready to chime in with its intuitive hit to set us straight. But really … we just can’t bear to hear it.
Then change might be required. Change for which we feel ill prepared. Change that might lead us to failure.
At least that’s what the ego thinks in its protective, if misguided way.
So it is that we hang out there in vagueness … longing for something but unable to say exactly what.
So I have been quietly learning that I have no choice. If I want to be happy, I have to follow the directions of my heart whether I like it or not. Really, my heart’s the only sane driver on board.
Because when I slow down long enough to listen, life calms down. Then my faith returns and I remember I’m not alone. Instantly, I feel stronger, wiser. And somehow, I know what to do.
Bear in mind this: your heart will not ever try to set you off course. Nor will your heart ever try to hurt another. Instead, it only wants to lovingly steer you onward to become your best, every day.
That’s all that happens when you make enough time, and create enough peace, to finally listen.