Get into Your Heart
The need to listen to your heart
Today I thought we’d spend a few minutes talking about the heart and the role it plays in our life. One of the greatest pioneers of our time was Steve Jobs. By all accounts (I just saw the movie) he was a very difficult person to work with, but he had some fantastic ideas – great vision, great passion – and certainly, in a western sense, we would look at him and say he was very successful. Look at the companies he built, look at the industries he changed. He said that one of the things most important for success was the need to listen to your heart.
Everything else is secondary
Steve Jobs was giving a talk to students at Stanford University, which was the university that he went to for a year and then dropped out because he couldn’t see the value – he thought he was wasting his parents’ money. Of course, he went on to become very successful, and he went back and gave a commencement speech. One of the great things he said to the students at the end of that speech, when he was rounding up, was:
‘Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.’
Now, who would have thought that? Here we have someone who really was the pinnacle of our society in terms of moneymaking, in terms of running a business. Someone who transformed a number of industries. And here he is telling people that the most important thing to do is follow your heart and your intuition. Everything else is secondary.
Wisdom comes from the heart, not the brain
What I’d like to leave you with today is the encouragement to spend more time listening to your heart, because that’s where wisdom comes from. Indigenous cultures around the world have known that for thousands of years. Wisdom comes from the heart. In recent times we’ve got away from that, we’ve got more into the mind, more into cleverness, more into rational thinking.
Now, rational thinking doesn’t always work. It has its moments (we don’t want to run around throwing logic out the window) but look how many billions of people are applying only rational thinking to their lives and, at the same time, have lives that they would say are unfulfilled. They are unhappy and, in their minds, they are unsuccessful.
Get into your heart
Get into your heart. Spend more time there, more time with your intuition, and before you know it you’ll be making some decisions, you’ll be making some connections, you’ll be doing some things that will take you on the journey that you’ve come to live.
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The Gift – Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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‘Part psychological study, part self-help book, Finding Flow is a prescriptive guide that helps us reclaim ownership of our lives. Based on a far-reaching study of thousands of individuals, Finding Flow contends that we often walk through our days unaware and out of touch with our emotional lives.
Our inattention makes us constantly bounce between two extremes: during much of the day we live filled with the anxiety and pressures of our work and obligations, while during our leisure moments, we tend to live in passive boredom.
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