It is difficult to know who to listen to and what to trust
The world is outside of you. You are inside of your body.
Turn away from what is outside to what is inside.
Begin with you. Right here, right now.
Actually there is no other place you start. You are always with yourself. Right here, right now
This is the road less taken. This is the one way that makes all the difference- to you.
This is the hardest choice you will ever make.
It means moving from what you know to what you don’t know. That is tough. Don’t kid yourself.
You know the world. You don’t know yourself. The way of the world is not the way of the heart.
You know the world. It leaves you exhausted, tired, and drained.
It may inflict on you or someone you love physical pain, emotional distress, or financial hardship.
Things just don’t seem to work out as you planned. Or they work out and you are not happy.
You do have a choice. You can chose between the world and your heart.
It is that simple. You can make the decision if you want. No one can stop you. No one can chose for you
Start where you are. Come as you are.
Not as you were. Not as you could be. Not as you should be. As you are.
You really need do nothing. The journey will begin immediately. You will not even notice.
It works that way. It is the same as walking any new path.
There will be small differences at first. You will notice new things and see other things differently.
It will take time. A lot of time. You can’t rush the heart. It doesn’t know your time
You will want to tell others. They cannot see what you see. They will smile at you politely.
Seeing things differently is a cakewalk. Dealing with people being polite to you is easy.
If you are really, really, really lucky, then things will fall apart.
Relax, it is not the end of the world, it is simply the end of the world as you know it.
It doesn’t mean changing anything about your life. It means changing the way you see your life.
In order to see things in a new way, the old way needs to go away.
It is not really the apocalypse, it is more like grass growing.
You have a huge glacier around your heart. It is cold and dark in your heart.
It will start to melt one day. You will feel it inside of you.
The melting dirty ice will emerge from within you. It needs somewhere to go.
It is cold, dark and unknown. You never had feelings from within like this before.
You will be afraid. You cry out in agony.
‘This is not it. This is not it all. I don’t want to feel this’
Then you will ask anyone and everybody “Where do I go? What do I do?”
Somewhere between being afraid and looking for help, you will come to understand that you are okay.
This is the beginning of a new opportunity –the opportunity to be what you always wanted to be.
It is a new place to stand. A new place to be. A new place to see.
It has its own sweet aroma after the fear passes.
This is the beginning of the emergence of the heart.
Stay strong. Be not afraid.
Do not fret if it is too much the first, second or one hundredth time.
Do not worry that you missed any time. It will never go away. It is your heart.
You can run but you can’t hide once you call it forth
As long as you live. As long as you breathe.
It will be there for you. It will happen again and again
Progressively the ice around your heart will melt.
Do not worry, it moves at glacial speed. Keep going. Be steady
Observe what is lost and what is gained. That is enough. You need do nothing more
This is not hard for the heart. It is hard on you.
This is your trial of the heart
You are the judge at your trail. You are the jury of your own trial
You are the defendant and the plaintiff.
Your heart is what is at stake.
You make the choice
Do you dare trust yourself? Do you dare love again?
Where do I start, how do I proceed.
Listen to your heart. It will speak Come as you are.
Douglas Ross is an entrepreneur, father and friend on a journey of integrity into the heart. He has one book out called Hug The Moment. His Into the Heart coaching program will transform you. Email him at email@example.com or phone him at 706-945-2131. You can learn more about Doug at Working In Life
The photo is Canadian Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak who died January 8, 2013 at the age of 85. She was recognized as one of the notable participants in the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative studio, also known as the Kinngait studio. She contributed original art for a new print every year from 1959 up to 2012 for the Cape Dorset Print Collections, and throughout the 1960s her image "The Enchanted Owl" was featured on Canadian postage stamps and coins. In addition to myth and nature, her work was also inspired by the rich tradition of women's textiles -- the elaborate design work sewed into traditional clothing which she also did.