Are you expressing your inner truth? Living in alignment with your values? Connecting with your passions? Communing with the Divine? If your answer is “not really,” now is the time to begin. It’s never too late to ignite the fire of genuine self-expression!
Eat, Pray, Love is the best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, who after a painful divorce, traveled through Italy, India and Indonesia searching inside and out for her inner truth and happiness. I resonated with her passion for travel and adventure, spiritual quest, as well courageously opening her heart to love.
Liz triumphed after much self-reflection, letting go of the “shoulds” in her life, and going for her dream of spending one year eating, praying and loving. She was smart to manifest a book deal to pay for her trip before leaving on her journey. Liz took a risk and it paid off in so many ways. While everyone can’t take a year off to find themselves, you can explore your inner yearnings and passions in your own city… with a little ingenuity.
Here are six ways to get started on your own journey:
1. Start a meditation practice today. Take time out of your busy day to sit quietly, ask for guidance and connect to the divine energy within you. You must clear the mental and emotional clutter that blocks your ability to hear the whisperings of your soul. You can meditate by focusing on your deep in and out breaths, repeat a word like “Peace, Love or Gratitude” or you can use a guided meditation. One of my favorites is called the Meditation on Twin Hearts (listen to it here for free) and you can read about my number one tip for creating a meditation space here.
2. Follow your intuition, step into the unknown and leap into the field of all possibilities. What has your gut been urging you to do? If you stay safe in your comfort zone, you’ll never know what “could have been.” In Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, she suggests you take yourself on a weekly date to fill your creativity tank. It’s a wonderful way to step lightly into new adventures that can change your life. When I read her book in 1995, I took myself to a flamenco dance performance which led me into two years of flamenco dancing classes that filled my soul.
3. Start taking baby steps towards fulfilling your dreams. If you’ve envisioned owning a horse ranch, take yourself horseback riding. If you’ve always wanted to go to Japan, spend time in a Japanese garden or take part in a tea ceremony. If you want to have your own cooking show on television, invite friends over for a cooking lesson and dinner party. Ask somebody to take a video and post it on Facebook. Go places and participate in events that fill your soul and allow you to breath in your dream as often as you can.
4. Make a Manifestation or Vision board to further energize your wishes. This is a corkboard where you’ll place pictures, words, and quotes from magazines or in the internet representing the life you wish to create for yourself. Write an intentional statement expressing what you want in red pen. Hang your board where you can see it every day and you will attract wonderful opportunities into your life.