Tuesday, July 2, 2013
What are the desires of your heart?
Since the beginning of spring I have been in a stream - a stream of creativity. I feel like I have come alive and my ideas are flowing around me like water in a brook flowing around my feet. When I have time I just sit down in the stream and let myself float in it as the ideas run over me.
This creativity is also bringing forth action. I am hard at work at several projects right now that I am so excited about! One of them I will be announcing within the next week, so stay tuned for that. What I am realizing, though, is that all of this creativity is streaming from one place - my heart.
And when I really start to dig deep, which I have been doing a lot of lately, I find that my heart and soul guide me in a way I have never realized until now. There is a wonderful verse in the Bible that says, "Rejoice in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." I have always held onto that with the faith that God knows my deepest desires, but I am realizing that if I plug into those desires I can make active choices and decisions in the way I live every day that fulfill those desires.
So what is it that I desire? Do I desire money or a big house or a fancy car? Do I desire attention or praise? Do I desire things I can hold in my hand? To a certain point, yes, but (always the big but) even things or accolades I desire lead to a deeper desire.
They all lead to my desired feelings. How do I want to feel? What do I want to feel? Every day, each hour, minute by minute?
I desire peace.
I want to feel magnetic.
I want to feel engaged.
I want to be authentic.
I want to be strong.
This is how I want to feel. God can give me all of these things, but God also gave me free will. I can make decisions and choices that revolve around these core desired feelings. I have the power to choose how I am going to feel each day.
This has been and still is a revelation to me. Identifying what it is I really desire has opened my heart and mind up to new possibilities. It has helped me realize that perfection has never been something I truly want. It has helped me see I have something to share. I am learning each day to honor myself in all of my interactions with my family, friends and those around me.
I came across this concept of core desired feelings while listening to a podcast interview with Danielle LaPorte. She has written several books and one of them is called The Desire Map. I have found her writing just resonates with what I have always thought and felt about life in general. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to really define what it is you want to feel every day. It is a beautiful, poetic and engaging and has really been a wonderfully intuitive and practical guide for me.
Another amazing link I am seeing with this idea of core desired feelings is within my coaching. For many people, if not most, health, sports, weight loss, nutrition and general wellness are all linked to understanding what it is we desire most. We all want to be healthy, but why do we want to be healthy? How does healthy feel? How does completing a triathlon feel and why do you want to feel that? How does being at your ideal weight feel? Why do you feel better when you eat beautiful whole food instead of junk food? If we can start to identify the core desired feelings than it branches out to all areas of your life.
This, THIS, is exciting to me! This is practical and useful and meaningful! Man, I am pumped up!! Sharing this with you makes me feel ENGAGED and AUTHENTIC!
This is not the last you will hear of this from me! I encourage all of you to take the time to really identify your core desired feelings. You will not regret it!!