follow your heart's call...
“With my body as my temple / My life as my prayer
I’m living my life / I’m giving my life
To take my place in the infinite plan
With my heart that guides me / Passion that drives me”
- lyrics from “Osiris” by twindragon
I am grateful that I’ve always had the ability to rouse enough courage to follow my heart. At the moment, I’m sitting in Cape Town, South Africa, where my heart led me nearly 2 years ago. And in a few short weeks, I will be packing up my life and my skills into a few suitcases and flying off to another adventure on the west coast of the US. But this isn’t the first time I’ve moved far and away. With San Diego as my home town, I’ve packed up my suitcases and moved my life and perspective to LA, Orange County, Seattle, NYC, Hawaii, and now Cape Town.
Yes, some day I will settle down, and will be happy when that day comes. But I wouldn’t trade stability over the last 15 years since I left home for college at the tender age of 17, for the insights I’ve gained, connections I’ve made, and the opportunities for profound transformation on the journey of knowing myself.
My decision to move came suddenly. Like many people on the planet at this time, I’ve been going through some intense shifts and changes. So many things are shedding and falling away to reveal what is true, real, and raw. This decision came with such a powerful knowing in my heart. As I’m always preaching “follow your heart!”, “follow your passion!”, “do what you love!”, there was no way I could ignore what my heart was telling me. I have to follow my own advice!
- time for a new direction…
On hearing the news that I’m moving on to my next adventure, I’ve had some friends say to me, “I’m sorry things didn’t work out for you in Cape Town.” But what’s there to be sorry about? I had an amazing journey, I’ve loved, lived in one of the beautiful cities in the world with one of my best friends in the whole wide world, felt the elements with such powerful intensity, experienced incredible personal alchemy, made new beautiful friends, helped build a community of people who are passionate about changing the world, discovered powerful skills and magick I didn’t know I even had, and came out a stronger, more passionate, and more determined person than I have ever been before! If that’s not a superhero’s journey, what is?
It’s so easy to get comfortable and it’s so easy to just say “follow your heart”. It does take real courage to face the massive shifts one must make to truly follow where your heart leads. It takes real courage to embrace the inevitable uncertainty of following a new path in life. But when we can do this, and do this for a lifetime, we will live our lives filled with JOY. This one thing, I know for certain!