Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.
When we appreciate all that we have in life, our egos step out of the way, inviting even greater abundance into our lives. Practicing gratitude for our lives – for the air we breathe, for our magnificent bodies, and the beauty of being alive – is a wonderful place to start. From this, we can expand outward, like ripples in a still pond, appreciating everything and everyone we encounter and those who touch our lives as well. What are you thankful for today?
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
It is not uncommon to set a goal and then push forward with our eyes so fixed on the destination that we become unaware of the terrain on which we travel. Let us try to practice navigating the path toward our destination with fluidity and balance, remaining attentive to our goal with present moment awareness. As we do so, we take a powerful step toward realizing our dreams and living our destinies. In our passionate pursuit of our life’s purpose, our destination, we have the choice to stay present in the now, which increases our awareness of the many supportive cues and opportunities that arise along the path. Staying connected to the present enables us to enjoy every moment of the journey—the people we meet and the experiences we can enjoy with them—enriching us as we live out our deepest, most heartfelt desires.
Can you guess how many turns this road has? The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road extends for 7.3 mi (11.7 km) up the mountain, rising 4,000 ft (1,219 m). Known to be one of the best driving roads in the world, it has about 60 turns and three lanes (two climbing and one descending). This photo was taken from a recent trip to Al Ain City in Abu Dhabi for a day tour.
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
Henry David Thoreau
It’s difficult to arrive at a destination if we don’t know where we are headed. This is equally true for our life journey. In order to realize our deepest desires, it is important to identify exactly what we want and stay focused on that intention with dedication, focus, and awareness. Let us bring then our heartfelt desires into crystallized focus and putting our heart-centered attention on what we envision. In this way, we align ourselves to reach our intended destination, clear on what we hope to achieve and open to all opportunities that help us realize our dreams.
Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.
Native American Proverb
What it is we really want in this lifetime? We may carry long-held beliefs about our identity and character that were given to us by others. These ideas influence our perceptions about what we want in life. Let our heart and soul speak to us as we travel within to hear our inner song of truth. We let our hearts lead the way for all of the answers we seek that live within—all we have to do is listen.