We’re living in a time of rapid change. Economic insecurity and uncertainty about the future of our planet looms heavy and can leave us feeling isolated, overwhelmed and hopeless; the opposite of what’s needed if we’re going to solve the challenges we’re facing.
Though not covered in mainstream media, there’s a huge global movement of people who have dedicated their lives to being caretakers of our planet. So, before you give up hope, know that all of your efforts—tending to your personal issues, sending loving vibrations outward through prayer and meditation and being in service to benefit others—are helping, and collectively, are powerful enough to transform the world.
While it’s understandable to lose hope, be careful not to get stuck there. Now more than ever we need your voice and efforts to keep the momentum of positive actions alive. The challenge is how to get yourself back on track when you lose sight of how powerful you are. In times like these, I like to remind myself of an old African proverb: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.”
When we get caught up in the busyness of life, we lose sight of what it means to be human: a bridge between the physical and spiritual world. Thinking and acting without the connection to our heart (the vehicle through which we connect to God), we lose our sense of purpose. The qualities of the heart such as compassion, love, appreciation and reverence bring out the best of humanity and gives us hope.
If you’ve given up, you might wonder if it’s possible to feel hopeful again. The answer is yes! Hope is a force that springs from your heart.Your efforts to bring more heart-qualities into your life will neutralize stress and overwhelm, bringing forth inspiration and hope to help you bring your best to every situation. The more you’re able to handle personal challenges with skill and grace, the better chance we’ll have solving global issues.
Ready to live with more heart-transformative qualities? You can start by integrating some of these suggestions below.
- Be in quiet communion with nature.
- Pause throughout the day to feel gratitude in your heart for what you have.
- Participate in spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation or being in a receptive state.
- Slow down and be more mindful and practice slow conscious breathing.
- Before you react to a trigger, take a moment to breathe from your heart area.
- Watch your thoughts to make sure they aren’t judging and disempowering yourself or others.
- Participate in social gatherings that promote deeper connections.
- Express heart-felt caring for others, animals and plants.
- Work with others for humanitarian or environmental causes.
- Spend less time in busyness mode and more time in quiet.
- No matter how small or trivial it seems, do everything with love.
Living more from the heart will bring you greater contentment, joy and give meaning to your life. Collectively, the more the qualities of love we bring into everything we do brings more healing and light into the world.
To learn more about the benefits of aligning with the heart, try this simple but powerful heart-centered technique in our blog Connecting to Your Heart’s Wisdom. You can also use our yearly or three-month goal planner as support as you shift to a more heart-connected life.