When you heard it again and again, did you listen?
Over the past countless months, maybe even a lifetime, I have been hearing reminders to lead from the heart. Have you?
As life ebbs and flows through busy movement and more calm still moments, receive this message with increasing urgency. Since this is something we hear and know, we don't always understand or surrender to it. In fact, often we find reasons not to because it can be scary, vulnerable, and might actually lead to happiness.
As the season changes toward Autumn and the days get shorter, I intuitively know that by eliminating and cleaning away the excess activities, projects, objects, and work, I can make space for the next. The next projects, endeavors, adventures, relationships, the next of what is now considered unknown. This cleaning away may not be tactile or physical, but may come in the form of energetically letting go of what I held in the hotter summer months when the energy was endless and synonymous with the long bright days.
Decreasing daylight brings a need to savor daylight and utilizing our energy advantageously to allow for adequate rest and healthy transition in to the season to come. This is the optimal time to rethink our habits, routines, and thoughts. Are our thoughts and actions in line with our hearts?
As I move through this season from late summer to early autumn, I am working on listening. I am practicing being okay with what was, and moving on to what is and what I would like to be. This sounds simplistic, but really requires the work of reflection and self-trust. I am reminded again and again to lead with the heart instead of creating and fulfilling goals created by the ego or what I think to be "right" or grandiose. Being a person with endless motivation and determination, I find the act of letting go to be uncomfortable, terrifying, and sometimes even triggering. I catch myself dreaming about it and searching for reasons to avoid listening to my heart. I catch myself looking for evidence that leading with the heart is unsafe. This sounds strange, but I am positive I am not the only one who has thought about ending up homeless if I follow my heart instead of my mind. Instead of finding evidence of this, I find stories of love and success. I see people who have started with nothing and ended up with everything plus more to share. The more I look, the more I find. The more I listen, the more the universe tells me to trust.
So I do.
Welcome Autumn. Welcome shorter days and letting go of the excess that no longer serves us. Welcome surrender to the cycles of the earth like the leaves that turn auburn and fall here on the beautiful West Coast. Welcome uncertainty and letting go of what I "think" should happen. Welcome the rises and falls. Welcome imperfection. Welcome joy and presence and love. Welcome discernment with time. Welcome sharing and open hearts. Welcome.
I am listening. Are you?
May you be well. May you be well. May you be well.