As a life coach, I often find myself working on the same bottom line with clients -- are you letting your heart sing? This is a powerfully loaded question that deserves some unpacking here.
First, let's look at what it means to let your heart sing. Think of a time or times when you have been in your glory. It could have been a particular meeting, job, relationship, a song you sang, a book you wrote, or just a humble yet essential moment in your daily life. These moments typically engage a person in the flow of creatively expressing something they are deeply passionate about. It's as though your body, heart, mind, and soul are in a personal harmonic convergence and you can feel your heart smiling. There is a fulfillment -- a sating of a piercing hunger that has been building in your soul.
I've come to recognize that my heart sings best when I am experiencing a loving oneness with another -- whether someone close to me, a client, or a total stranger. For example, I can be walking down the street and have my eyes meet deeply with the eyes of a stranger for the briefest of moments and zoom past all the things that normally prevent such an essential connection from occurring. My heart also sings when I am effectively being of service and when I am able to communicate well. What about you? What makes your heart sing?
Once you have identified one or several strong examples of you at your best, ask yourself some of the following questions:
- What did it feel like in your heart? Soul? Mind? Body?
Notice the question isn't is your heart singing? It's are you letting your heart sing? In this crazy world we live in, very few hearts simply sing anymore. It's not that it is not important, but rather that we are too busy giving our attention to other matters. We need to make our lives conducive to allowing our song to emerge -- even within the simple moments of our everyday lives. So, if your heart rarely or never sings, here are some things you might want to do:
- Listen deeply to yourself: When our lives are filled with stress and more activities than time, our focus tends to be outward rather than inward. We need to deeply immerse ourselves in quiet contemplation and focus on the urges of our heart and soul. In the absence of such inner grounding, we are likely to live our lives hoping that this person or this job will somehow bring us greater happiness. In other words, we give over the power to yield our happiness to others and we become the recipients of whatever they happen to give to us. This kind of passive living rarely makes our heart sing. It is far more likely to get us to focus on manipulating this other person or situation to yield that nebulous and ill-defined happiness we seek. Our heart's song comes from a deeper place within us that we must visit and become familiar with to create the pathway for its expression.
There is only one you. So, please give voice to your most beautiful inner song and share it with the rest of us. I would love to hear your comments below about what makes your heart sing and what you let get in the way.
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