Listen. Trust. Act. – A Heart’s Invitation

“Ask yourself, “What is the dream of my heart?”  Listen to your answer, then trust and act.”

When was the last time you asked yourself what you REALLY want to experience in this lifetime?  When was the last time you had a real conversation with your heart/soul?  When was the last time you listened?  When was the last time you acted?

For years, my friend Mary has dreamt of being a nurse’s aid.  Each year, she briefly opened her heart’s door allowing this passion to peak its head out.  With room to soar, this dream would blanket her with unmistakable warmth and energy; Mary reveled in its hope and possibility!  Soon however, excuses, logic and fear would once again stuff the dream back into her heart.  These dreams, belonging only to her, would patiently wait for another opportunity to be heard and trusted. Finally, after 15 years, she allowed her dream to fly free, once and for all!  As a result, the timing, logistics and yes, even the money were manifested perfectly.   She exclaimed “Now I have a reason to get out of bed in the morning!”

We know our passions exist, don’t we?   We also know where they live.  They patiently wait for us to  open our heart’s door.  When we dare to listen, trust and act, we will be on a new pathway – one that will make us jump out of bed!

So, take time to listen.  Dare to allow your dream to be put into words.  Write it on paper!  Trust that you are guided.  Trust that you are worth experiencing this passion that can only be yours.  Know that you will be guided to act.

The first move is yours.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Allow yourself 15-30 minutes of uninterrupted time.

Breathe deeply for 3-5 minutes, allowing your mind to be quieted.  (This exercise is going to come from your heart center, not your mind.)   If it helps, play soft, gentle music.

Either in your journal or at the computer, ask yourself the following questions:

What do I REALLY want to experience in this lifetime?

What is my passion?  (What can I do 24/7 with energy to spare?)

What are my lifelong dreams?

Write these questions on paper or computer, then stop and listen.  Listen with your eyes closed.  Literally focus your attention on your physical heart area.  Breathe.  Listen.  Breathe.  Listen.  Breathe.  Listen.  This may take a little time; know that the answers are already present. When you feel prompted, begin writing the answers.  Continue to listen to the answers rising from within.  Acknowledge them.  Allow them to become real to you.  Focus only on the answers.  (If any logic, excuses or mind chatter creep in, notice they are there and lead your thoughts gently back to the answers on the page).

Then, write the following:  “Thank you, dear Heart and Source-of-All for helping me acknowledge my dreams and passions.  Thank you that you have patiently waited for me to open the door.  From today onward, I allow this dream to fly and to become a reality in my life.  I allow You the freedom to create the circumstances, people and events to manifest this into my life.  I trust You.  I trust Me.  I will act when inspired to act.  Thank You for creating this dream with me.”  Read this daily for at least 30 days.

This is life at “Come to the Edge Today” – experiencing the bliss of finally listening to our sweet, inner voice of wisdom, surrendering to it, trusting it, acting upon it –

Joan Kappes

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What is YOUR Word?

Today’s “leaping” exercise is a word game.  It’s interesting, insightful and unique – so play with me, ok?

I discovered this exercise while reading “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert – a wonderful book about a woman taking her leap, answering the invitation to “Come to the Edge”.

Elizabeth is living her lifelong dream –adventuring in Italy, India and Bali.  As the scene opens, she is engaged in a conversation with her Italian friend, Giulio:  “Giulio asked me what I thought of Rome.  I told him I really loved the place, of course, but somehow knew it was not my city, not where I’d end up living for the rest of my life.  There was something about Rome that didn’t belong to me, and I couldn’t quite figure out what it was…”  “Giulio said, ‘Maybe you and Rome just have different words.’  “What do you mean?”  Then he went on to explain, that every city has a single word that defines it, that identifies most people who live there…”  “Giulio asked, ‘What’s the word in New York City?’  I thought about this for a moment, then decided.  “It’s a verb, of course.  I think it’s ACHIEVE.  (Which is subtly but significantly different from the word in LA which is also a verb:  SUCCEED.  ….”  Giuli asked, ‘What’s your word?’  “Now that, I definitely could not answer.  It’s not MARRIAGE, that’s evident.  It’s not DEPRESSION anymore, thank heavens.  My word might be SEEK.  Over the last months in Italy, my word has largely been PLEASURE, but that word doesn’t match every single part of me.  In India, my word might be DEVOTION.  I don’t know the answer, and I suppose that’s what this year of journeying is about.  Finding my word.”

What a great question!

What is my word?  It’s amazingly revealing to consider what “my word” is currently and what it has been in the past.    It once was MULTITASK.  I was defined by it.  It was helpful and I did enjoy it for a time.  A few years ago, my word became SEEK.  My current word embodies my year long journey at “The Edge”.  My word is a verb: FLY.

The beauty of this game …there are no rules and no judgments to be made.  Ask yourself:  “What is my word?”  (A notebook is helpful at this point.)  Listen for the immediate response.  Your Heart will reveal the word, if not immediately, then soon.  Allow yourself to sit with the word.  How does it feel?  How has its path shaped you?  Reflect on some of your words from years past.  (All of us will have many words in our lifetime!)  Enjoy reminiscing on how and when the word changed and how you have grown from it.  Are you enjoying your current word’s path? Notice it.  Feel it.  Know that you can, if you choose, change your word and its path.

Isn’t this wonderful?  Thanks Elizabeth Gilbert for sharing the three words from your experience at “The Edge”:  Eat.  Pray.  Love.

And thanks to you for sharing your word with all of us (see comment section below)!Joan Kappes

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Thanks For Being In My Circle

This month is my one year anniversary of “Come to the Edge Today“! THANK YOU  for  sharing this amazing journey with me!   In honor of all of you fellow “leapers”, I’d like to share with you a favorite poem (author unknown):

THE PEOPLE IN MY CIRCLE

 When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend.

Then I became a woman and found that if you allow your

heart to open up, God would show you the best in many friends.

One friend is needed when you’re going through things with your man.

Another friend is needed when you’re going through things with your mom.

Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as you delight in your children and

their activities. Another, when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or

just be. One friend will say, ‘Let’s cry together,’ another , ‘Let’s fight together,’  

another, ‘Let’s walk away together.’

One friend will meet your spiritual need, another your shoe fetish, another your

love for movies, another will be with you in your season

of confusion, another will

be your clarifier, another the wind beneath your wings.

But whatever their assignment in your life, on whatever the

occasion, on whatever the day, or wherever you need them to meet you with their

gym shoes on and hair pulled back, or to hold you back from making a complete

fool of yourself…Those are your best friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one person, but for many, it’s wrapped up

in several.. One from 7th grade, one from high school,

several from the college years, a couple from old jobs. On

some days your spouse, mother or father, on some days

your neighbor, on others, your sisters or brothers, and on

some days, your daughters or sons.

(And, for me, some days it is you, dear readers, journeying together at “Come to

the Edge Today.)

Thanks for being in my circle.

With Gratitude – Joan Kappes

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Love – The Reality Under Our Nose

“Get real.”  “It’s time for you to face reality.”  “Stare reality in the face.”

OK.  ……….but, which reality?

There is no need to spend our time together reviewing the typical realities we experience each day…..you know –  the routine tasks of life, the problems, the financial, health, relationship realities (most of which are viewed as negative).  We are all very familiar with this view.

What if, right under our nose, there is a reality just as real (and more stable) than the typical one we experience each day –  a reality that leads us to the quality of life we are searching for:  A “Come to the Edge Today” reality.

Let’s look at the reality that Jesus, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr. and other “greats” focused upon.  What was it they knew?   What caused them to live the kind of lives they did?  Clearly, they saw and claimed something different, something more.

Whereas, the typical human mind’s focal point is the mole hill (problems, the certainty of knowing how something will unfold, judgments about another, etc.), these “greats” saw the mountain.

What, then is this mountain standing in plain view for all to see?  It is the ever present, power and energy of Love.  It is what binds everything together and makes it Whole.  It is the “stuff” we are made of.  It is the energy that creates worlds – unending, ever present, ever flowing Love.   Always available and desiring to be used, we often don’t see it.  We are trained to use another lens.  These “greats” focused on Love; they knew the mole hills of life (we call them mountains) were temporary at best, and ultimately led to the experience of the true reality – Love.

At this point, I invite you take some time to absorb these life-changing words!  The word ‘Love’ has been so watered down and tainted that millions of us have missed its power and pervasiveness.  So, I repeat:  What is this mountain standing in plain view for all to see and use?    It is what binds everything together and makes it Whole.  It is the “stuff” we are made of.  It is the energy that creates worlds – unending, ever present, ever flowing.  Love’s power and presence in our lives is THE reality of realities!  The rest is just a mole hill.

Mother Theresa knew this underlying reality – this pervasive, all-encompassing Love.  She prayed it, studied it and committed to using it, allowing It to flow from her and to her.  She professed it and lived it.  Perhaps this is why so many of us respect and admire her.  Her life story was much more than tending to the poor (millions of people tend to the poor too).  The difference:  She Knew and Lived this Love and professed it with all her Being.  It is this that we admire.

Can I show you a pathway to experiencing this reality of Love?  No, because each of our paths is unique.  I can say, however that this amazing reality of Love is in you and through you right now – this moment.  All you need do is let go of the “what is” lens and allow yourself to begin using the lens of Love.  It may seem impractical, irresponsible and odd at first, but once you form the habit of  viewing your life through the lens of  Love, you will experience an aliveness never before experienced.  You will feel the energy of the universe creating life with you and through you! You will experience, among other things, that which we are all striving to remember, the worthiness of who we already are.

Love is the stream which carries us.  Love is the blanket surrounding us.  Love is the connection joining us.   It is more than just a comforting phrase or gesture.  Love IS life.  It is who we are.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Begin the habit of seeing through the lens of Love by first noticing what you are seeing using your current lens.  Notice your thoughts. Example:  “I noticed just now that after looking at my bank account, I became angry and fearful of the small balance”.  Or, “I feel angry after noticing that I am the only one in my family suffering from poor health.  I got stuck with a ‘lemon’.”  As you notice this, begin creating a new habit using your Love lens.  Notice (not judge), then gently replace with 1.  Something to be thankful for in this moment (it can be anything large or small.  Choose something that you genuinely feel gratitude for  2.  Allow yourself to breathe and be filled with Love.  Send Love, through you, to that thought.  3.  Repeat this prayer:  “I am now, at this moment, consenting to seeing through the lens of Love.  I am allowing the power of Love to flow through me and to me.  I am grateful for seeing it more and more each day.”

This is a habit.  Be patient.  Be persistent.  Be committed.  Be expectant!

“Love is the most powerful energy in the universe – it’s ok to experience it and use it” –Joan Kappes

 

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“Life and Change” Quotes (Pt 2) Inspiration For Our Journey

Welcome to Part 2:  “Life and Change” Quotes – Inspiration For Our Journey!

I received such positive feedback from Part 1 of ‘Life and Change’ Quotes – Inspiration for our Journey, I thought I’d share even more of these inspirational gems – what I call “food for the heart”.  Following are 49 additional quotes about Change and Life.  Use those that inspire you.  Allow them to touch you and support you as you live your life at “The Edge”!

Today’s leaping” exercise:  Purchase notecards (cut them in half for easier transport).  Read each inspirational quote once each day for 1 week.  Then, copy those that ring true for you.  Carry them with you.  Post them at home, at work, in the car, etc.  Read them at least 3 times each day for greater effect.

QUOTES ABOUT CHANGE

“I am where I am and it’s ok.” – Abraham-Hicks

“How to approach life change?  With gratitude, appreciation, expectation.” – Joan Kappes

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Buddha

“Courage is not the absence of fear – it is inspiring others to move beyond it.” – Nelson Mandela

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future.  When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past.” – Unknown

“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.” – Jan Glidewell

“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor:  Hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.” – Hafiz of Persia

“No matter where I go, the place is always called “here”. – Unknown

“Trust yourself.  You know more than you think you do.” – Benjamin Spock

“Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself…Nothing is impossible! – Norman Vincent Peale

“You are never alone or helpless.  The force that guides the stars guides you too.” – Shrii Anandamurt

“The more you loose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” – Norman Vincent Peale

 

“Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.” – Emerson

“What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment.” – Unknown

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.” – Emory Austin

“The journey is from here to here.  And the only time you can arrive is now.” – Leornard Jacobson

“The journey is the prize.  The destination – icing on the cake!” – Joan Kappes

“Just because you can’t see a tree growing, doesn’t mean it isn’t.” – Notes from The Universe

“Hear blessing dropping their blossoms around you.” – Rumi

 

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.  You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss

QUOTES ABOUT LIFE

“While eating your appetizer, don’t be concerned with dessert.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

“When you stop waiting for things to happen, you notice that they already are.” – Colleen Zaruba

 

“I am worthy of this moment.  I am worthy of living the life of my dreams.” – Joan Kappes

“When you stop waiting for things to happen, you notice that they already are.” – Colleen Zaruba

“You are in integrity when the life you are living on the outside matches who you are on the inside.” – Alan Cohen

“Life is like riding a bicycle:  To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“You are more than you know.  Make it your life’s quest to experience your wisdom, your clarity, your worth, you love, your l-i-f-e.” – Joan Kappes

“You are a child of God, the Joy of heaven and the Hope of the universe.” – Kathleen Rossi

“Whoever travels without a guide, needs two hundred years for a two-day journey.” –Rumi

“As we appreciate life, we become more valuable…Both to ourselves and everyone around us.” – Pinar Akal

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

“Be happy for  this moment.  This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

“Slow down and enjoy life.  It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Cantor

“Listen to your life.  All moments are key moments.” – Frederick Buechner

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Emerson

“Seek to know the power that is within you.” – Joseph Campbell

“Be fully in the moment; open yourself to the powerful energies dancing around you.” – Unknown

“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.” – Unknown

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The principle business of life is to enjoy it.” – Samuel Butler

 

“Tis better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else’s perfectly.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“You were born with wings.  Why prefer to crawl through life?”  – Rumi

“I took some time out for life.” – James L. Brooks

“The grass is not always greener on the other side.  It’s greener where you water it.” – Unknown

“Weekends don’t’ count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.” – Bill Waterson

 

“Your life is too valuable to waste being distracted.” – Joel Osteen

“Listen to the Music of the Moment, people….Dance and Sing!” – Jason Mraz

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“Life and Change” Quotes (Pt 1) – Inspiration For Our Journey

For those of us living life at ‘The Edge’, this year is certainly unfolding as The Year of Change.  It is wonderful to share stories with so many who truly are creating and unfolding the life of their dreams!   Each day, hundreds and thousands of choices are made about whether to ‘go for it’ and create something new or to resist change just a little longer.

While this way of living is exciting, exhilarating, and amazing, facing the ‘great unknown’ can also be frightening.  For me, I want and need the wisdom of fellow journeyers as I venture forth creating the life of my dreams!  I now carry with me ‘inspirational guideposts’ – small note cards of quotes and affirmations from people I admire;  these words of wisdom and encouragement keep me focused and balanced on the “what” of my life, while learning to let go of the “hows”, allowing God/Source to manifest the dream.

Today, I want to share some of my favorite inspirations about Change and Life (Part 1 see below).  Enjoy them!  Use those that inspire you – allow them to touch you and support you on your path!

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Purchase notecards (cut them in half for easier transport).  Read each inspirational quote once each day for 1 week.  Then, copy those that ring true for you.  Carry them with you.  Post them at home, at work, in the car, etc.  Read them at least 3 times each day for greater effect.

“People say that motivation doesn’t last.  Neither does bathing – That’s why we recommend it daily” – Zig Ziglar

QUOTES ABOUT CHANGE

“Why not go out on a limb?  Isn’t that where the fruit is?” – Frank Scully

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.” – Nido Qubein

Decide that change is a good thing” – Joan Kappes

“Never be afraid to try something new.  Remember, amateurs built the ark.  Professionals built the Titanic.” – Unknown

“You change your life by listening to your heart” – Joan Kappes

“Every day, do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow” – Doug Firebaugh

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person” – Unknown

“Stop giving your precious energy to things that make you feel bad.” – Louise Hay

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi

“With expansion, less is more.  Travel light, leave the baggage, and you too can explore the infinite.” – Colleen Zaruba

“Most of our assumptions have outlived their usefulness.” – Marshall McLuhan

“If you’re not living on The Edge, you’re taking up too much room.” – Bob Proctor

“It only takes one person to change your life – you.” – Ruth Casey

“I’m always doing things I cannot do.  That’s how I get to do them.” – Unknown

“Accept happiness when it crosses your way.  See how you enjoy every moment of your life.” – Unknown

“You are never alone or helpless.  The force that guides the stars guides you too.” – Shrii Anandamurt

“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.’” – Unknown

“Moving into the next phase of your life is a lot like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let-go at some point in order to move forward.” – Unknown

“The journey is from here to here.  And the only time you can arrive is now.” – Leonard Jacobson

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Buddha

“Treat every experience, good or bad, like a beautiful magic portal to creation.  Trust and step through.” – Colleen Zaruba

“Above all, be true to yourself and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” – Hardy D. Jackson

“We are here to change.  We are here to grow, develop and unfold.  We are progressive beings… we have infinite capacity.” – Michael Beckwith

“What are you accepting that would not be a part of your ideal day?” – Alan Cohen

“The difficulties of life do not keep you from greatness.  They show you to its door.” – Alan Cohen

“You bloom and kiss the sky every time you try something new.” – Colleen Zaruba

“Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” – Nelson Mandela

“I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley

“Don’t give up 5 minutes before the miracle…” – Unknown

“Getting better at surfing bigger waves means letting go of the board and trusting what’s beneath it.” – Colleen Zaruba

QUOTES ABOUT LIFE

“A kaleidoscope of creation is at your fingertips, waiting for you to play in the paint.  But it’s messy!  And fun.” –Colleen Zaruba

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Live with no regrets and love with no excuses.” – Paul Coelho

“Some say, live as if you will die tomorrow.  We say, live as if you were born today.” – Fayerie

“It’s time to start living the life you have imagined” – Henry James

“It’s those little moments that make life big.” – Pinar Akal

“Life is like sailing.  You can use any wind to go in any direction.” –Unknown

“Your life is Now.”

“Eternity does not start after you die; it begins when you really live.” – Alan Cohen

“Your life is a gift.  Relish it, celebrate it, explore, play and dance with it.” – Aine Belton

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

“It is such a comfort to drop the tangles of life into God’s hands and leave them there.” –L.B. Cowman

“Remember, you are the key player in your life.” – Joan Kappes

“The truth is, you don’t HAVE a life, you ARE life.” – Eckhart Tolle

“You are more than you know.  Make it your life’s quest to experience your wisdom, your clarity, your worth, your love, your l-i-f-e.” – Joan Kappes

“Life is the ultimate gift.  It is presented to me daily, hourly, moment-by-moment.  Each day I am becoming more aware of this and am opening myself to receiving it.” – Joan Kappes

“You task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” –Rumi

“Life, like poker has an element of risk.  It shouldn’t be avoided.  It should be faced.” – Edward Norton

“There is always a reason to smile.”

“Deep inside all of us a huge potential beckons, waiting to open us to the joy, genius, freedom and Love within.” – Brandon Bays

“If you are focused on your passion, there is no “price to be paid” – Joan Kappes

“Lemme see- love, laughter, fun, hugs, smooches, love again, music, dancing, freedom, joy, passion…” – Josh Harcus

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” – Eckhart Tolle

“To give is to love and to love is to live!” – Pinar Akal

“Time spent laughing is time spent with the Gods.” – Japanese Proverb

“What your heart desires is not too good to be true.  It is good enough to be true.” – Alan Cohen

“I am where I am and it’s ok.” – Abraham

“Each day is a little life.” – Schopenhauer

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Mind talk vs Heart talk -It’s a ‘No-Brainer’

“Most people are so completely identified with the voice in the head – the incessant stream of involuntary and compulsive thinking and the emotions that accompany it – that we may describe them as being possessed by their mind.  As long as you are completely unaware of this, you take the thinker to be who you are.”  -Eckart Tolle (A New Earth, Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose)

Have you heard of the phrase “mind talk” or “monkey mind”?  It is used by us everyday or, more accurately, it uses us everyday.  I’m sure you recognize it – it’s the voice in our head that has an opinion about everything:

  • Judgment with an air of superiority:  “Right – like you’re going to succeed in that”
  • I am right/You are wrong: “You can’t do that.  I tried it before and it can’t be done”
  • Labeling:  “He is stupid.  She is a jerk.  That group is dangerous”
  • Resentment/Holding a grudge:  “She hurt me so badly – I will never forgive her”
  • Complaining:  “Why am I the one always stuck doing the chores?”
  • Justification:  “I am better than she is because…

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“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”                 –Albert Einstein    ________________________________________________

Yes, the mind IS a great gift to be used and I honestly believed that my thoughts were “me”.  I was shocked when I realized that I am not my thoughts.  The implications are enormous!

For instance, what if my mind/ego supported a falsehood that believes in separateness and protection, defensiveness and fear and the need to strengthen ‘self’ to the diminishment of the other?

What if my heart/soul, the larger part of Me contained the true “Me”?  What if we are all connected with each other through the great connection with God, with All-That-Is?  What if I am worthy because of it?  What if you are worthy too?  What if this is the Love I have been searching for?  What if Love and its powerful energy are found not in my mind, but in my heart/soul?

OK, then how does one learn to lead with the heart rather than reacting to all the mind chatter? As with anything, it is just a  habit and habits can be learned.

Today’s “leaping” exercises” Following are some practical tips for learning to quiet the mind talk and increase your heart talk:

  • Pay attention  to what you are thinking!  Notice your thoughts! Become aware of what you think!
    • Keep a notebook of the types of thoughts that run through your mind
    • Stop every 10 minutes or so and notice what has been on your mind
  • Breathe!  Stop what you are doing and focus on your breathing.
    • Listen without mind commentary
    • When you notice the commentary that inevitably follows, re-focus again on the listening
    • Practice, practice, practice!
    • Try it for 5 seconds and increase over time
    • Breathing is one of the best methods to slow down mind talk – quickly!
  • Listen and focus on the sounds of nature (try to keep “thoughts” out of it)
    • Listen without commentary
    • Practice, practice, practice!
    • Try it for 5 seconds and increase over time
  • Listen and focus on any “white noise” surrounding you (fans, computers, motors, etc)
    • Listen without commentary
    • Practice, practice, practice!
    • Try it for 5 seconds and increase over time
  • Learn to meditate
    • Practice!
    • This is one of the best ways to quiet your mind, allowing you to open to your heart’s messages
  • Literally give your attention to your heart area
    • Feel your heart beat
    • Learn to “sense” that portion of You
    • In time, listen for and “hear” the messages emanating from your heart area (they ARE there and you WILL hear them!)

It may surprise you what is going on!  Once you become aware of how your mind is interacting with You and once you become aware of  the wisdom pouring from your heart/soul, you will soon be leaping and soaring toward creating the life of your dreams!

Lovin’ listening to the heart talk –Joan Kappes

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