This past week I listened to Dr. Vandana Shiva. What she said truly embodied my beliefs and passion for a balanced relationship between human beings and all living organisms. I woke up realizing that the feeling in my chest when listening to her speak was my heart. Her words touched my heart. In that moment, I realized, that is what is meant by "following your heart".
If you have supportive relationships growing up, it is easier to learn to follow your heart at a young age. I've watched this with my own daughter. I may have instinctively known I was not supported. This made me protective of her needs for self expression. Dr. Shiva spoke eloquently of the protective instinct.
She spoke specifically of our oneness with the entire eco system and all living things. This is my personal passion. You may feel a greater passion for social injustice. The important part of growing into following
your own heart, is learning to listen to it and feel it.
It is the life blood of activism. Activism is action that advocates for a value or issue that represents a core value. There are so many ways to take action but in order to feel mobilized, you must be in touch with your heart. If you follow your heart, you may have resistance from emotional attachments. Our emotional attachments are not always supportive or in alignment with our hearts conscience. Others may try to talk us out of what we feel is important. This has been my life journey and I know I am not alone in this struggle.
You may be called to take a stand like Nelson Mandela or to live up in a tree like Julia Butterfly Hill. Where your heart may take you, no one can predict. These are situations where circumstance met the hearts true calling. If you do not know your heart, you may miss that calling.
When you are in love, you are craving emotional bonding. This is a natural human need but it is not what following your heart means. We are often led to believe that falling inlove is following our heart. This is a common misconception. All of our hearts have a larger calling. We can not fall in love with an appropriate partner if we have not learned to follow our heart in larger issues.
If you do not know what you feel passionate about. Journal about your teen years or younger; the seeds of our passion can be found it that time period of our lives. Look at strong feelings for causes. What attracted you during your Saturn return? The saturn return occurs between the ages of twenty seven and thirty.
We are all unique. Finding your own passion will help you to find someone to share your passion with.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Shiva, visit www.vandanashiva.com Find your hearts calling and follow it! Happy Trails to you.
Find your path and follow your heart! This photo spoke to me of finding our own sacred path in life.
This song is a favorite of my granddaughter. I think Dr. Shiva would enjoy it too. It's a great sing along. Garden season in the north eastern US is about to begin. Enjoy the season.