What Your Heart is Telling You (and how to act on it)

Why am I here? What am I meant to be doing? What gift have I been given to share with the world?

Although these are some massively scary questions, we owe it to ourselves to live the life we were born to live and I truly believe that our hearts know what that truth is. We just have to listen and brace ourselves for the answers.

Tweet it out: We all have the courage to be the person we’ve always dreamed of being. It just takes guts and a whole lot of patience. – @be_healthful

Me? I’m drowning in questions, dreams, opportunities and a deep desire to define my purpose. But other than being pulled in a bunch of different ways, I’m not really sure how it all fits together.

I feel like something big is coming. I have my hook out, net in hand, waiting for something, searching for anything. I’ve been reading a book a week, meditating twice a day, doodling business plans, planning backpacking trips around the globe, searching for workshops, opening myself up to yoga, working with a vocal coach… I don’t know what I’m looking for but I’m on the hunt for answers and I’m ready to accept whatever comes to me.

This hunger began when we moved and it’s been getting stronger with each passing day. I know we were supposed to make this move, but I don’t know why. I feel lonely, get discouraged often, indulge in a couple of bold cry sessions weekly, doubt myself, question my sanity, and journal… a lot. Doing all of this feels good, like I’m meant to be here, but it’s foreign and uncomfortable.

The move forced me to push a lot of familiar things away. It slashed at my ego – catapulted me into a new life of less money, a smaller home, and less stuff to fill my days.

There are moments where I just want to run away from all these crazy emotions but I know I can’t. I have to stand my ground, build self confidence and believe that I have the courage to become the person I’ve always dreamed of being… even if I’m not 100% sure what that is, yet.

I’d planned to make soup for the blog on Tuesday. It was a horrible day, Tuesday was. The sink broke, my photos looked like crap, I dropped a bowl of completed soup all over the floor, I was unhappy, unbalanced and I just wanted to give up. I lay in a puddle of tears on the floor wishing life just wasn’t so darn difficult.

Then, completely out of the blue, I began singing I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty. A sat there on the floor of my office with soup all over me just singing my little heart out. If you don’t know the lyrics, check them out. Maybe belting out this song was my heart’s way of telling me I should be the next Canadian Idol star? Or perhaps the message was that I just need to stand my ground, keep on trucking, enjoy the journey that I’m on, stay conscious to my intentions and continue to express what my heart was feeling.

Either way, I’ve come up with a couple of tips on how we can all get in touch with our hearts, connect with our truth, realize our deepest desires…. and become them.

5 Steps to Connect to your Heart and Act on it!

  1. Ask tough questions.
    • Are you happy? Don’t consider anyone else while asking yourself this question. Are YOU happy?
    • If you had endless money, time, etc. what would you be doing with your life?
    • What daily activities make you smile and give you a deep sense of belonging, comfort and clarity?
    • When you were young, what had you always dreamed of doing when you grew up?
  2. Embrace the answer. You asked and you’ll receive when you’re ready. Journal about your experience, fears and reservations about potential change. Understand what living a happy life would do to you. What parts of your life would need an overhaul?
  3. Fear won’t hold you back, jump. You’ve always made it out the other end, right? You’re alive and kickin’ to prove it. Just do it.
  4. Don’t back down. Believe that you can do what you want to do and you can be who you want to be. The universe will provide for you.
  5. No body said this would be easy. It’s hard to follow your dreams. It’s scary to do things that don’t feel right but that you know are the next step in your life. You may cry. It’s okay.

I’d love to know, are you living from your heart? What steps have you taken to get to where you are? Or, what steps do you think you could take to bring more truth to your life?

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  1. i love this post. as i stumbled on it a bit late, it is never too late to ask these questions. sometimes i think we will never find the answers to these questions as the the answers will always be changing as we change. i love how you say you are trying to become the person you’ve always dreamed of becoming even of you’re not 100% sure what that is. i can completely relate. it kind of reminds me of this quote i stumbled on awhile back (i love quotes!) “to try to be better is to be better.”
    even though we may never be perfect or ever fully answer all the questions we ask i think that just having the courage to ask is so important.
    i really enjoy these life posts. and i really enjoy you :)

  2. So… I’m reading this post and the comments looking for some inspiration and answers. I currently work in an unfulfilling, soul sucking job with people that are unsupportive, condescending and at times, mean. However, my job is secure, pays well, and allows me the opportunity to do schoolwork in down time (I’m an adult gone back to college). I was just offered a job (not a dream job, just a job), with less pay, better schedule, seemingly better working environment not dealing with people’s personal tragedies every day. I am so torn!! I’m doing what I know to find the answers within myself. I’ve always believed happiness prevailed and is more important than money. BUT now that i’m actually faced with that i’m finding it hard to make it that simple. Do you have any tried and true tricks that help you find the truth within you? I love this post and the comments, It seems so simple . But is SO hard taking a plunge! (Sometimes changing lifestyle is difficult.. as it’s easy to get into a certain way of living). SO DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!

    • Hi Trisha – I believe you KNOW what to do, you’re just scared to do it… and that’s okay! Gosh, I’m terrified of the next chapter of my life and find it difficult to commit to things when I have no idea what the outcome will be. Something that’s helped me is if I write down everything I’m scared of with a new opportunity, in your case, leaving the secure job, and then go through each item and assign a feeling to it, scared, embarrassed, upset, etc. Then, I go through each one individually and say, “I am scared over XYZ because I see something that is not there.” It’s almost like I am releasing the emotions from that thought. Because at this point, all it is is a thought, nothing more. Once I’ve done that a couple of times, my mind is a lot clearer and I can make a better decision for myself. No matter what you choose, you’ve been faced with challenges before, and look where you are now… it’ll work out. Always does!

  3. Looooove this post. You are speaking to exactly where I am at right now and I can relate 110%. After a crazy busy and overly stressful year, I’m making huge changes to my business for 2013 and quitting some big projects. Walking away from something that I have built takes a lot of guts – probably more guts than it took to start it in the first place – but my heart just hasn’t been in it. Thank you for this powerful reminder about listening to ourselves (and only ourselves!) when we ask the big questions.

    • You’re right, walking away is hard, especially when it’s something you’ve built up over a long period. Guh, I know the feeling exactly! Glad my post resonated with you, Sonnet :)

  4. Leanne, as a young mom who spends most days at home with Elmo and Curious George, I too find myself asking questions like yours at times. Am I really doing what I am supposed to? Am I doing what I was created to do? And I felt compelled to encourage you that I think those are THE most important questions we can ask in this life. I’m so excited that you are asking them! I was especially challenged by one of your last questions, “What steps do you think you could take to bring more truth to your life?” I was so struck by that, as I am learning that the only thing that rescues me from despair is Truth. I believe that the answers to all of those questions can be found in the source of Truth, the Bible. It might sound old-fashioned in this discussion, but it makes sense that the God who created us would provide us with all the answers our hearts crave! Some people may view the Bible as simply a list of rules, but I firmly believe that it holds everything we need to make sense of ourselves and the world around us. Praying that you continue this journey of seeking out the Truth! Thank you for your honesty and posting what was on your heart.

  5. If nothing else, know that all of the above comments have shown you that you’re not alone. We’re all on a journey <3

    I'm currently struggling through the last of a yoga teacher training course. It's been SO much more than I ever could have imagined. As far as a spirituality deepening practice (even if I never actually teach a class) it will have been completely worth it. Completely life changing. Definitely recommend. Can't be worse than the CSNN program, right (certainly shorter anyways!) ;)

    • You’re totally right, Kristin. I love hearing the stories from others and realizing that; even if everyone looks to have their life together, 99.9% of us are on a journey to creating ourselves. There’s comfort in that for sure.

      I’ve always wanted to take teachers training but struggle with what form of yoga I would pick. There’s so many that I love! So amazing to know that the experience has changed your life dramatically. One of these days I’ll do it!

  6. Such a perfect and beautifully written post. I love it so much I even bookmarked it so that I can return to it during those tough and confusing times in life (which is quite often these days). I’ve been asking myself “are you happy” often these days. It helps keep me grounded, realistic, and sets my sights to the future.

  7. As someone who suffers from an eating disorder and struggles with manic depression, I really enjoyed the purpose of this post. I may not be able to do what truly makes me happy yet, but I know God has a plan for me and as I’ve suffered, I’ve also grown spiritually and I’ve seen the world more for what it is, which is a blessing even though growing up is hard and I miss being a child with rose-tinted glasses through which I viewed the world and everyone in it. You are doing so well and your passion and dedication is boggling to me because right now I have no such dedication in the things I love, and you continue to inspire me. Remember that loving other people is just as important as finding out more about yourself. xoxo, Waffle