Trusting the Heart-Centered Voice Within

“…while I pondered, weak and weary…” –from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

When taking an unmarked path in life, sometimes it’s hard to know which way to go.  But remember, you always have an internal compass: your inner voice.  You might have to pause and listen quietly to hear it, but it’s always there, waiting.

I read something recently that suggested your inner voice is your career partner and manager.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of looking elsewhere for advice and forgetting to trust yourself, your resourcefulness, and your intuition.

The best way to find your inner voice is by meditating.  But I think there are other ways.  Any time you are doing something you love, you are connecting to self.

Lynn Newman wrote a post on Tiny Buddha where she talks about finding the greatest happiness and freedom while at meditation retreats. She talks about letting go and “juicing up [her] heart.”

She then lists 10 Simple Tips to Live Happy, Wild, and Free.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Write a list of simple things that bring you joy such as eating a juicy piece of fruit, watching the sun set or rise, taking a bubble bath, or drinking a cup of tea while reading a good book.  Make sure to engage in these activities several times a week.  Remember, it only takes a moment to experience a blissful state of mind!
  • Take a cold shower (especially rejuvenating in the summer)
  • Talk less and practice heart-centered listening
  • Enjoy nature and appreciate its timing.  This will help remind you that your path will lead you to the right place at the right time.  (Remember you are growing at this very moment!)
  • Affirm your authentic self (ex. I am enough, I am worthy, I am a success)

As we chug along in life, it’s easy to feel caught up in the day-to-day struggle to get ahead.  But when we stop struggling, we realize we can float.  Taking time to relax and let go helps us rejuvenate and reconnect with our inner core of strength.  And in that moment, when our inner voice speaks to us of our deepest desires, we know exactly what to do.

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.”– Carl Jung

 

 

 

 

 

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Tour the Denise Fleming Story Park!

Awhile back I interviewed author/illustrator Denise Fleming and shared that interview here.  I mentioned that her work is on display at the Sanger Branch Library in Toledo, OH.  That library was gracious enough to share photos from the Denise Fleming Story Park.  And now I’m sharing them with you 🙂

Welcome! You are in for a treat. Follow me on an e-tour of the famous Denise Fleming Story Park, which celebrates the artwork of this renowned picture book author and illustrator. You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into one of Fleming’s books. Guaranteed!

Pond 1

Boy

Pond 1

Pond 2

Pond 3

Pond 4

Squirrel

Fox

Park View 2

Cats

Rabbits

Bees

Gazebo

Firefly Bush

It’s a dream of mine to have my work displayed in a library.  What are some of your dreams?  Please share!  In the meantime, enjoy the warm glow of these fiery fireflies.  According to Ted Andrew’s book, Animal-Wise, fireflies symbolize inspiration and the promise of accomplishment through hope and efforts.  May fireflies light the path to your own dreams so that you can make them come true.