The One Simple Question That Will Light Up Your World
We light up our world by following what lights us up. The things that light you up will be completely different from what light me up. There are no wrong paths, no whopping mistakes, no complete day-by-day life plan etched into stone by the "Big G" or your higher power.
We are here to share the unique gifts that we all possess. There is no big secret to uncover, no contract which says, "You will do X, then after that you will do Y, and straight after that you will do Z." We don't discover our soul calling, we uncover it by following the trail of things that light us up, and then lose ourselves in the process.
If you love smelling flowers, then smell flowers. If you love writing, start writing. If you love organizing events, put on a show. If you love making art, get out the pastels. If you love raw food, start chopping. If you love taking pictures, snap happy. If you love dancing to classical music with a beat, give me a high kick! Don't feel like you can only do one thing. Give your multi-dimensional soul what it craves. Do them all.
Don't do it for a reason or an end goal, do it because you love doing it. Follow what you love without knowing where it will lead. When you follow what you love, The Universe will pick up on your expanded feelings and send you plenty of signs to match your newly found expansion.
Through following the things that lit me up I discovered that I loved taking photos, making things beautiful, surrounding myself with nature and mostly, sharing the whispers of my soul through writing. I wasn't writing to tell someone anything, I was writing to feel connected with my soul. I gave myself permission to play with these things every single day (not because I wanted to create something in particular, but just because I let myself play).
One day for instance, while I was out walking in Holland Park in London, I heard my soul whisper and wrote it down in my moleskin with my favorite black Sharpie. I then took a beautiful photo of me holding the notebook with my big turquoise ring with some peonies in the background and posted it to Instagram, along with a bunch of words that came flowing through me. I wasn't writing for someone else, I was writing for myself. I felt light, energized, expanded and full of joy.
So I did it again the next day. And then the next. And then the day after that. Before I knew it, I had developed a daily blog. Writing is such a huge pleasure; I could do it for hours and hours on end. When I write I go into a place where time does not exist, I lose myself and a higher presence steps in. Over time, after showing up to this joyful practice every day, my own unique writing style started to emerge. And so I wrote every day, for ten minutes at first, then twenty, then thirty, then hours on end. Now I'm actually getting paid to write!
Then as I continued to show up, the writing turned into chapters of my new book Light Is The New Black. What started as a five-minute bit of play for the pure enjoyment of it is now a full-time job. And it only emerged because I kept following what lit me up without being attached to the outcome. Start small and follow the invisible trail of the things you love, before you know it you too will land right smack in the middle of your calling.
So, what lights you up? What do you love doing that makes you feel joyful, inspired, enthusiastic and light? Let me know in the comments below.
Then forge out a chunk of time every day to do one of these things, or maybe even combine them. The trick is to play, don't be attached to the end point, just enjoy the things that light you up.