After experiencing this whole “following your heart make life easier” thing in action, something really cool happened: I got braver. Way braver. And that little voice inside me became stronger and clearer. When I listen to it, which I do much more frequently now, life feels open and abundant and easy. New opportunities and exciting possibilities seem to unfold effortlessly. When I ignore my heart, which I still do on occasion because I’m a stubborn control freak, life feels confining and difficult, like trudging uphill through molasses. I’ve learned to pay attention to the signs: if I’m really struggling and feel like I’m coming up against resistance in every single thing I do, it probably means I’m not listening to my heart. Choosing the heart path makes life easier. Period.
There’s a difference, of course, between the ease that comes with following your heart and “taking the easy way out.” The truth is, following your heart is often harder, at least initially. It takes more courage. It might create resistance or resentment within yourself or among the people around you. It probably won’t look like the path everyone else is taking or the path you’ve been on so far. It will probably require facing some fears or breaking some long-held habits. Your friends might call you crazy or try to dissuade you. But you’re the only one who knows what feels right in your heart. And you’re the only one who has to live with the consequences of either following your heart or ignoring it.
Your heart path might be breaking up with a boyfriend who treats you like a queen but, for some unexplained reason, you don’t feel a true spark with.
Your heart path might be applying for a job you think is out of your league, or asking for a raise at your current one.
Your heart path might be leaving your comfortable job to go work for yourself.
Your heart path might be putting some emotional boundaries between you and a toxic friend.
Your heart path might be speaking your mind to someone who intimidates you.
Your heart path might be selling all your stuff and moving to Thailand.
Your heart path might be moving back home to take care of your parents.
Your heart path might be quitting a rigid diet that makes you feel weak and empty.
Your heart path might be signing up for a half marathon.
Your heart path might be telling your family you need one evening a week of uninterrupted alone time.
Your heart path might be sharing a painful secret with a close, trusted friend.
Your heart path might be calling off the wedding.
Your heart path might be proposing and eloping this weekend.
Your heart path might be doing something that scares the shit out of you. It might be doing something just because it scares the shit out of you.
Sometimes following your heart means making the obvious, simple choice. Sometimes following your heart means hurling yourself into the unknown and just trusting that everything will be OK. The only thing that’s certain about your heart path? Deep down, you already know what it is.
Be brave enough to follow it, and trust me, not only will you set your life into exhilarating forward motion, things will get easier. Chances are, you’ll never look back.