Wow…what a week. I’ve been thinking about the difference between discontentment and evolution. They can both create the same feeling. They can both create change. But one leads to joy. The other to frustration. So who's talking? How do we get clarity? I think a lot of times we feel an angst that there should be more and we should be more and that angst is never a good place to build our life from. It comes form the deep feeling the heart that we aren't enough. It just makes us climb ladders to nowhere.
But at the same time, I feel there’s a bit of angst when our heart is asking us to evolve. Sometimes that feeling that we’re “off” is the inner navigation system letting us know we need to recalibrate and move in the direction of our heart’s vision. To me discontentment comes from ego. Evolution comes from the heart. Both jolt us towards change. But only evolution’s promptings will uplift the soul and serve others.
The tricky part is discerning whether the ego or the heart is creating the feeling. Here’s one way to get clarity. Sit quietly, take a deep breath, clear your mind and ask your heart, “What would make you feel more joyful and nourished?”. Then just listen. What does it say?
It may sound crazy, like I’m encouraging creative schizophrenia, but I feel dialoguing with our inner world is an essential step to leaping and evolving into our own greatness. We’ll never know what that “offness” is on the inside unless we dialogue with it and face it.
Then ask that question to your art….whether it be painting, teaching, music, etc…”What would you like more of? What would inspire you?“ What do you hear in the stillness?
My art wants more collage, more texture and more wordplay. My heart wants more bold leaps, more trust and more connection with like minded souls. Right now, I’m listening and serving those up to the heart and the art. Doors are opening, opportunities are popping out of nowhere and I’m being tossed out of my comfort zone towards a whole new dream. The heart is howling with a happy "yes".
I truly believe if we let go of the world for a few moments and clear our mind to sit in powerful questions, powerful answers will come. One of my favorite spiritual teachers once said, "An honest question paves a clear path." I believe that! We just forget to dialogue with our inner world and let life happen to us. There’s another thing that is really helping nurture the evolution, but I’ll save that for next week’s blog.
What about you? What does you heart want more of? What does your art want more of? Create a journal page around it. Try to give that to yourself and your art this week and see how you feel. Have a beautiful week!