“Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.” - Aldous Huxley
Affirmations are a very powerful tool, and they can help you bring your dreams into the light of day. This chapter explores the idea of nurturing your hearts desires, because all work and no play is not good for anyone.
Too much time in life is spent learning to suppress, rather than nurture, our heart’s desires. Yes, some gratification needs to be deferred, but we often take it too far.
There are many ways to nurture your heart’s desires. One important way is to reserve at least one day a week to follow your heart and do things associated with realizing your potential—things that you may have little time for in your ordinary routines. This may include creating a list of ten questions about becoming successful and then taking a successful person to lunch to ask them these questions, going to the library or bookstore to find books and magazines with helpful information, going to hear a motivational speaker, learning to use software that will help you reach your highest potential, or other activities.
Another way is to practice meditation, which is a powerful way to keep your heart’s desires alive. Meditation can take many forms. One way to begin is to listen to a guided meditation on CD from an experienced teacher. This will help you get started.
You can also begin on your own by sitting quietly, with eyes closed, and letting go of all thought, tension, problems or worries. Breathe slowly and deeply and remain quiet until you are empty of everything except awareness of your own presence. Hold this for a short time, and then allow yourself to become aware of your desire for success in unfolding your potential and a life in which you can express your heart’s desires.
In the type of meditation that remains quiet and receptive, you may find that ideas come to you that will help you realize your goals. There is also abundant documentation that meditation dramatically lowers stress, increases creativity, and helps focus for better productivity, among other benefits. Learning and practicing simple forms of meditation and physical relaxation are a key component to enjoying ultimate health and well-being.
A third way to nurture your heart’s desires is to use the emWave® from Heart Math®, a powerful and easy-to-use stress relief technology to help you get into the zone of relaxation, focus, and high performance. It guides you to move into what is called “mind and heart coherence” and teaches you to extend that state for a multitude of mental, emotional and physical benefits.
Part of its effectiveness is the relaxed state you enter and the profound feelings of appreciation and gratitude that fill you—emotions that help you remain balanced and on track to achieve your goals. You can learn more about this incredible tool at www.UltimateDestinyUniversity.com/heart_math.htm.
Places I can go, things I can do to nurture myself and my soul:
In our competitive society, it is easy to think that your best achievements will be reached by working long hours for six or seven days a week. Taking time to do some of your favorite activities, especially those that require physical activity or exertion, will help move you toward vibrant clarity and make you more effective when you need to put in those long hours.
Often, those of us who do business coaching see that people actually increase their productivity and career success when they start taking a day or two off each week. You have a natural cycle of exertion and recovery according to The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr. Learn to recognize and follow it.
Nurturing your heart’s desires for realizing your Ultimate Potential requires that you remain physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in dynamic balance.
Next on our agenda comes the idea of mentors, coaches and cheerleaders, because no one should have to go it alone.
“Your desire is your prayer. Picture the fulfillment of your desire now and feel its reality and you will experience the joy of the answered.” - Dr. Joseph Murphy
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