‘We have a paralyzing fear of our own insight. When we touch base with our center and get quiet, we begin to sense what we need to do, and maybe this is not the comfortable life we’ve carefully mapped our for ourselves. We may be working as a retail clerk, but our mystery beckons us to return to art school. We may hope for a life of luxury, but our mystery tells us to travel to West Africa and work in the Peace Corps. We may find these insights a damned nuisance because they seem so inconvenient. And these insights, offering new and spacious possibilities, seem so scary relative to the known, even if the known is a life of discontent.’ —Donna Farhi, Bringing Yoga to Life
As many of my close friends know, in less than a month I will be quitting the corporate world to follow my heart. While seemingly a big change, looking back I realize that the past few years have been a continuous process of opening up and delving deeper into the things that really matter in life. Through such an awakening, my values and beliefs have since shifted so much that I can no longer continue on the path I am on. Essentially, I have set an intention to live a life of love, and now must align my actions with this intention.
Because I cannot live the open-hearted life I want to live when my heart is closed down for 8-hours a day in the corporate world. I cannot be inspired in un-inspiring environments with folks that look like icerberg lettuce. I cannot learn and grow when there is nothing to learn and grow from. I cannot be free to express myself, free to live, free to love unless I am in control of my own life.
So, that means making some changes, but I like to think of it as accepting change. Being open to change. Welcoming change. Recognizing that change is a fundamental fact of life and any tightening against it just creates more suffering. In the words of Pema Chodron:
When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people.
In conclusion, I love you. Yes, you! Thank you for being you. May our paths cross again soon.