This is some of the best advice, although I will admit I often times need to remind myself. This became easier a few years ago when I learned how to go into my heart.
Right after I finished my first bodybuilding competition, I was so concerned I would gain all the weight back, be right back where I started (or worse). I had worked so hard and so long to achieve the goal, what next? Prior to hitting the stage, I set up an appointment for acupuncture, not knowing the full impact of that one little decision.
The first appointment, we sat down and I learned how to go into my heart. Here’s how, sit in a chair, feet firmly on the ground, sitting up straight. Put your hand on your heart, close your eyes and think of something you love unconditionally that is not complicated. Naturally, I think of my dog, Keeley. When I do, I feel grounded, my heart feels grounded. For some it might float. That is what your body feels like when you are in your heart. From there, I ask yes and no questions. Deep down we all know the answers to these things. Whether you believe in God, a higher power, the universe or just your own gut instinct, we all know. Once I started doing this, getting better at it, I was able to do multiple questions and recognize when I wasn’t making decisions from my heart. While I still look at things from every angle, every perspective, gather as much information as I can, best I can, going into my heart allows me to know I am making the right decision, when I finally do.
I am an emotional person, I think those who know me well would agree. I am very passionate about everything I do. My motto, “whatever you do in life needs to either be fun or get you to where you want to go”. Sometimes emotion is viewed as a weakness, I don’t think that is always the case. As a woman working in the technology field, where I am usually one of a few women in the room, I make sure my emotions are in check. It is quite a balance to be that strong independent woman as well as the loving, nurturing side we inherently are. Over the years, I have learned to embrace it, go in my heart when needed, and allow myself to feel what I need to feel in that moment. It is still very much a work in progress, as is everything in life.
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