I found it difficult to learn to trust and follow my heart.  In fact, I was surprised to learn that it was important. All my life I was told that things were this way or that. I wasn’t sure that I believed it all, but I thought I should believe it. The problem then was that I couldn’t seem to find a way to make decisions. In fact, I had a hard time ordering from a menu in a restaurant—that’s how disconnected I was from my own heart. Now that I have learned to follow my heart, I know that I have become acquainted with my authentic self. What a relief!  


Our hearts embrace truths that elude our minds. Our hearts are more creative than our minds in clarifying what we want and what ought to be the major themes in our lives. The heart is where we feel passion. The heart is the center—the home–of our spirituality and our love for ourselves, others, and a Higher Power. Living from our hearts nourishes our souls. But listening to our hearts might take some practice. We aren’t always taught to listen to our hearts. We are taught to things through. Sometimes both are necessary, but leaving the heart out of our decisions is an oversight. We need to make sure our lives, all our decisions, come from our authentic selves.


Consider this:  feelings are the tools the heart uses to communicate with you. Learn to trust the feelings your heart brings to you, and you’ll be using your intuition—the part of you that just knows something without the use of reason. Everyone has intuition. It just needs to be nurtured. Let’s look at some of the tools that can help with learning to listen to your heart and hear its song. These tools can increase your ability to trust your intuition. The more you trust your intuition, the stronger it gets.


Prayer is a tool for connecting with your heart. In prayer, we get to reach out and relate to a higher voice—one that lives deep within. With prayer we can look beyond what we think is possible. Prayer touches the heart. Have you ever been in prayer and felt deeply emotional? It’s usually when the power of the prayer touches your heart, isn’t it?


Journaling and meditating are two of the tools that can aid in learning to trust your intuition; you will find your heart opening up, which, in turn, opens up more possibilities. We’ve all heard stories about someone who was injured and not supposed to walk again but was determined to do so. Such a person had the heart to weather the storm. With a heart-centered force behind you, you can do wondrous things.


Learning to listen to your heart and leading with your heart takes time. Our heads are so busy, constantly talking to us, constantly doubting. I know that if I listened to my head instead of my heart, I would probably not do much of anything. In fact, I’ve had that experience. My head doesn’t seem to have much faith in what I’m doing. My head is ruled by fear. My heart is ruled by something deeper—faith and love.


It takes heart to be consistent with your actions. It takes heart to stay your course until you reach your goal. It takes heart to plow ahead with the faith that your persistence will pay off. It takes heart not to get discouraged. The heart is a powerful organ, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It has wisdom to offer. When we focus on the wisdom of the heart, we are making choices that work with who we are.


The heart has a great sense of timing. Each of us has our own inner clock, and the heart knows how to trust that clock so that we can work within our own process to accomplish whatever feels right for us.


Savor your life. Be mindful of everything you do. A spiritual teacher I know talks about shot meditation. That’s when you take ten seconds to pause and center yourself between actions in your life. Let’s say you have a business call to make. Pause before you make it to center yourself. Then, after the call, pause and center again. Pause before you eat. Pause before you start your car or as you leave the house. It works anywhere and anytime. I have been practicing shot meditation recently, and I find I feel calmer and more aware of each part of my day. This makes me very happy.

Breathe, relax and trust… your heart will lead you today toward your most authentic truths.