Living From Your Heart’s Truth
For as long as I can remember, I have deeply valued living from my heart’s truth. As long as I followed my truth, then life would unfold gracefully and easefully – or so I thought. It took me a while to realize that while I often SAID I wanted to live from truth, I wasn’t really doing it. I realized that living from my truth – contrary to my fantasies about it – did not always come with ease and grace. On the contrary, it meant that I had to dive into the messiness of life’s inevitable challenges when we listen to our hearts. I had to GIVE UP trying to control other’s reactions to my choices, and instead as fully and wholeheartedly as I possibly could embrace EVERYTHING that came with the river ride of truth.
So why live from truth, given that doing so can – at least a first – be messy, unpredictable and challenging? I can only answer from experience: when I DON’T live from truth, it is like I’m not really alive. Rather, to NOT live from truth is death for the soul, for the soul cannot breathe – cannot create – cannot thrive – unless it is rooted in its truth.
I have seen this soul death happen not only in my own life, but in the lives of the clients I work with in my practice as an Expressive Arts and Drama Therapist. At the core of so many of my client’s struggles is a tendency to try to keep things “the same” when their truth is guiding them a toward a different path – to hold on to what they think they are rather than surrender into what they are becoming. Often, anticipating surrender into truth can be more excruciating than the act of surrender itself.
So – I leave you with an invitation: is there any way in which you are being invited to surrender into your truth? How would your life be different if you were to do so? What possibilities might open? I look forward to hearing what doorways your truth leads you to…