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What happens when our inner flame burns out, or becomes stifled? We most likely become stagnate and stop exploring what life has to offer. This may have occurred more than once. It may be how you feel at this moment. But it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.
Life is a journey, one that is too precious to allow its flame to be blown out. Relearning how to follow your heart will provide you with the tools that will make life more satisfying and more gratifying. Here are five principles to relight the flame of life that was stifled within – when you provide the fuel, the flame will glow brighter than ever before.
Find Your Inner Peace
“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there.” – Deepak Chopra
Take a few minutes, listen to the silence, and pay attention to how you feel. Whatever thought or feeling comes up let it, even if it makes you uncomfortable. Take that thought and release it, as if you were releasing bird to fly. Looking within is the first step in learning to go beyond.
Learn Self Care
“Loving yourself…does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others. Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in you own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion.” – Margo Anand
Make the effort for self care. Just as you would want the best for those you love, want the best for yourself. If you’re tired, sleep; if you feel a sense of loss, grieve; and if you feel overwhelmed, learn to walk away when you need to. These are all suggestion you would give a friend, so why not listen yourself?
Change the Scenery
“A ship in the harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are for.” – John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic
Stepping outside your comfort zone is the best way to open doors ways, and meet your full potential. Try something new, go somewhere you’ve never been, eat something you never heard of, wear a color you usually don’t. Take a new road and see where it leads you. Get comfortable outside of your element.
The Thrill of Adventure
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Have you tried bungee jumping? What about swimming with the sharks? Then again there is always the infamous blind date. These events aren’t meant to experience fear, but to experience courage. Learning how to listen and follow your heart comes from understanding the thrill life offers.
Remembering Your Roots
“You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.” – Maya Angelou
Throughout the hustle of life, we tend to get caught up in where we are at, and forget where we came from. Rediscover your roots. Call your family. Have lunch at the Diner you use to go to with your grandparents. Book a staycation on your yoga mat.
In order to follow your heart, you have to learn how to listen to it. That is what letting your flame burn bright is all about.