I am re-reading Stephen Levine‘s A Year to Live- how to live this year as if it were your last as a personal exercise schedule to take time to slow down and truly listen to my heart.
I will share my exploration here and I encourage you to join me. The book has 15 chapters, so I will explore in 15 parts in 15 days. I will focus on the heart image in each part, share some highlights from the chapter, look at other resources that resonate and pull an angel card.
Part 1: Catching Up with Your Life
- Draw an anatomical heart:
Or here is a PDF of one of my drawings for you to print out: Heart
2. Capture chapter highlights:
This book is a book of renewal. It is not simply about dying but about the restoration of the heart.
Part of us seek relief from our fears, while another aspect causes our focus on life to intensify, to push us to look deeper into just who or what took birth and who, indeed, it is that will someday die.
Whatever our situation, the progression– sudden or gradual– if the same: to remember, to let go, and to trust the process.
Today I took steps to self-advocate, explore new options, releasing attachment to the outcome- valuing myself without apology. And though it was hard, I took the steps.
The trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. – Erica Jong
Let go. Trust the process.
3. Explore another source regarding listening to the messages from the heart:
The way we look at priorities is changing. We need to learn to prioritize from our hearts instead of from our minds. The way the mind prioritizes is by rationalizing why we should be doing something instead of simply intuiting that it should be done. The challenge during times of instability is that we have too many choices, too many options, too much on our plate, and too many considerations to sort through. We don’t know what to do first, what to end, what to start, what we can ignore, what is done, what is ours and what is not. So, we revert back to what is known and where we feel safe and confident. But this is never a good permanent solution.
The only way to bring focus and stability into our lives now is to learn to prioritize from the heart. This requires trust and intuition, listening to yourself instead of others and connecting in with your own desires. Making choices from the heart may disappoint others and even bring instability into someone else’s life, but that is the challenge this month and the price you pay for resetting your priorities and it will serve you in the long run. When there are too many options, choices and possibilities to process through the mind, the only way to gain clarity is to turn to the heart and allow it to lead.
4. Today’s angel card: