Our lives can get stuck on autopilot unless we have the courage to awaken and embrace growth. No one else will do it for us. Hiding behind jealousy and envy, we can watch others live the dreams we have, as we fill our minds with “could’ve, should’ve, would’ve” regrets. No one but ourselves can create the incentive within us to take the courageous steps towards our personal wholeness and joy.
Though we may become seduced by excuses, I don’t believe that any excuse is a good enough reason to squelch the unique voice of our soul. We are the guardians of that voice. It is part of the reason we are each here: to honour and give our soul voice the energy, attention and respect it deserves.
Today, pull out a pen and paper and find a quiet place to ask yourself the following questions. Take your time with each one and write as honestly as you can:
1. What are my dreams?
2. In which way do I hold myself back from living these dreams?
3. What excuses do I make?
4. Are these really legitimate reasons or can they be overcome?
5. What am I afraid of?
6. What will I gain if I choose to follow my dreams?
7. What will I lose if I choose to follow my dreams?
Change can be sudden and change can be slow. In that, there is no right or wrong, only what is correct for you. Every flower blooms at its own speed. But if fear holds you back and causes you to be slow, then perhaps it is time for you to challenge that fear and dig deeper to resource your greater courage. If you tend to push at life out of fear, then it is time to pull back and allow things to unfold more organically. Acting out of fear will only lead to fear. No action rooted in the impossibilities will create a positive possibilities outcome.
Each one of us has a unique purpose and raison d’être. Only we can awaken the voice of our soul and follow our joy. We learn to welcome the signals from the universe that help us hear the call. We become receptive to mentors, teachers and guides of all sorts. We will face adversity but our courage and wisdom will strengthen us. As I say in my song Open To This Love:
Persevere and endear. Life begins after fear. Doubt and you’re out. Let your soul beauty out. I know we can grow. We’ve done it since we’ve been here. We must let go. Love is truly dear. Obsessing in perfection only tears us apart. Never mind that attitude. Let’s focus on our heart. Open to this love.
Our joy is the voice of the divine in us. When we express our joy, we express divinity and our highest purpose. When we express our highest purpose, we support the good in all beings, whether others see that or not. When you say yes to who you are, you are saying yes to life. When you embody an energy that says yes to life, that energy touches everyone you meet. It also sends out a “yes life” energy to the universe, which supports you, and all beings, even those with whom you have no physical contact. When you say yes to your soul voice, yes to life, everyone wins.
Finding the courage to follow your joy is the greatest gift you can give both to yourself and to the world. And the best part is, it feels amazing!
Much grace to you along your path this 2012.
Parvati Devi is the editor-in-chief of Parvati Magazine. In addition to being an internationally acclaimed Canadian singer, songwriter, producer and performer, she is a yoga teacher and holistic educator, having studied yoga and meditation since 1987, and developed her own yoga teaching style called YEM™: Yoga as Energy Medicine. Her current show, “Yoga in the Nightclub”, brings forward a conscious energy into the pop mainstream.