“No, my head is quite empty,” answered the Woodman. “But once I had brains, and a heart also; so, having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart.” – The Tin Woodman, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L Frank Baum
All the Tin Woodman wanted was a heart. He thought he didn’t have a heart, yet all his actions came from a heart-focused center. His tender conversations and display of caring even to the point of rusting when he shed tears were signs he already had a heart. All he needed was for someone, in this case, the almighty, powerful Wizard of Oz to make it official by giving him a heart.
You don’t need someone else to give you what you already have. You can claim for yourself what you really want. You couldn’t see it if you didn’t already have it. Many people cover up their own heart’s wisdom because it may require them to make big changes, go against the tide, and break out of our rut or even lead to a life of happiness.
Whatever your heart desires, assume that you already have it or can have it. When people started guiding me to open my heart, it was so foreign to me. A little like traveling on the road to Oz. I didn’t know where the road was or where it led. I didn’t know how to listen to my heart. I was so shut down it really hurt to focus on my heart energy. Yet my life has changed in wonderful ways since then.
Listening to your heart is a journey on its own. We are so trained in the Western world to think, think and think. Our belief is that the only thing that is valid is what can be measured and observed.
Yet when you listen to your heart, you will find clues and solutions for the questions in your life.
One of my favorite quotes is by Dicky Fox, Jerry Maguire’s mentor in the movie “Jerry Maguire.” He advised Jerry,
“If it’s not in your heart, it’s not in your head.”
My interpretation of this quote is that people won’t achieve what tehy want if it doesn’t come from their hearts. If your heart is on board, your head will know what to do.
People can get off track with our lives, depressed and miserable, when they don’t have the courage to pay attention to their heart’s desires.
If you are longing for something different in your life, if your results aren’t what you want, if your life isn’t going the way you want, which of your heart’s desires are you ignoring?
Try this exercise:
To tap into your heart’s wisdom, close your eyes for several minutes and take slow, deep breaths.
Center your focus on your heart. Pay attention to your heart’s rhythm and its beat for a few minutes. Appreciate your heart’s role in keeping you alive and bringing up your dreams.
Continue to focus on your heart and breathe.
Ask your heart what it would take for you to have a fulfilled life.
Be still, be present. Listen.
Notice first thing that comes to you no matter how outrageous or far from where you are right now.
Resist the temptation to question, edit, dismiss or alter the image or words that come to your heart.
Take a deep breath and open your eyes.
Write down what you noticed and observed. What does your heart want to communicate?
What would your life be like if you had that?
Assume you can have it.
Claim it. You own it.
Your heart wants you to express this.
For years, my heart whispered to me to write. When I went inside to listen to my heart, writing always surfaced.
But similar to the way Dorothy reacted when the Wizard asked her to bring back the Wicked Witch of the West’s broom, I’ve said, no I can’t do that. Or the infamous for stopping people phrase, “I’ll get to it later.”
Now, I am committed more than ever to share messages from my heart through writing and doing it one step at a time.
It’s time now to give yourself permission to follow your heart. It doesn’t mean you have to give up your life and move to a monastery, leave your spouse, or quit your job. If you think any of those is a solution, please call me!
For you to step into your heart’s desires and life purpose, you can start where you are. Add a little bit of what you desire to your everyday routine.
Take a step forward and commit to taking one step at a time. Dorothy and her friends kept moving on the Yellow Brick Road even though they had been told there would be danger. They went one step at a time and figured it out along the way and ultimately achieved their goals.
You can do the same.
For a complimentary consultation on leading from your heart, contact me and I will connect with you to schedule a phone appointment.
Whether it is mentoring people to lead more effectively, improve their own performance or step into what is next, Kathy Garland is passionate about guiding leaders to achieve business goals and reach their highest potential.
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