Center of the Soul

photo illustration by sara b. healy

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.” excerpt from a poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

This isn’t a post to solicit your comments; it’s one to engage your soul.

There’s a place deep inside us all, at the center of our souls. It holds the seeds of our dreams…

Those things we’re passionate about
Those things we ache for
Those things that sustain us

Go to this place inside you.

Open the doors wide and bear witness to your dreams.

What are you passionate about in this life?
What would you be like if you trusted your dreams?
What gets you up when life knocks you down?

Don’t rush; take your time

Let these questions sink into you, like ripening seeds. Water them, give them sun and see what grows. Be patient with yourself. There’s plenty of time.

As you become aware of your passions — your “heart’s longings” — write them down. Read them aloud to yourself over and over again. Hear their power.

Don’t be shy. Tell others about your passions. The more you speak of them; the more you let them come alive inside you. It’s your silence that smothers them.

Hear them.
Believe in them.
Trust them.

Most importantly, don’t deny that you have them! Everyone does. We are ALL passionate souls and our passions are unique to us.

Our dreams and passions will never leave us, unless we choose to leave them.

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Thank You

I want to thank Emily Hanlon. I recently took a spiritual workshop with her, which provided the spark for this post. It was an interesting experience, one that opened doors inside of me.

I also want to thank Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Check out her site, learn how she got her name and read more of her wisdom. Also, read the full version of The Invitation, from which the quote at the beginning of this post comes from.

Last, but not least. Enjoy the following music by David Lanz. Find a comfortable spot, take a deep breath and reflect on what’s in the center of your soul.