The mind cannot take you where the heart wants to go.
I wrote this statement at the bottom of a random piece of paper that has been floating around my desk for some time now. I do not remember how it came into my awareness but it has caused me to pause and reflect every time I happen upon it.
This simple statement is why so many dreams go unrealized. Our dreams reside in the heart and beyond any logic. The mind seeks safety through logic and analysis. In so doing, it has the potential to paralyze the dream – and often does. It shuts down vision, beauty, aspirations and possibilities while looking for the right way or the right time to do things or waiting to have enough – information, money, time, experience.
In waiting for the logical evolution of things, there is no right time. And yet, right time and right timing emerge through heart space and consciousness if only we pay attention to what is whispering in our awareness. It requires a different kind of listening born out of quieting the mind, stilling the body and surrendering to the inspiration of the visions and dreams that call out to us, reminding us what is ours to do in the world right now. It takes courage and fierceness, even gentle fierceness will do.
We do need both the heart and the mind in order to realize our dreams and our potential and to contribute to others doing the same. We have however, tended to lead with our minds and, with the shifting shape of the world, it is time to lean into leading with our hearts – in our relationships, our work and our lives. This is how we will contribute to the healing of the world we live in and the regeneration of its people – us included. The more we live our inspiration, the more we gather and feed the energetic field that is also shifting the shape of the world.
The mind cannot take us where the heart wants to go. We need to grow our wisdom, capacity and faith to lean into the calling and movement of the heart. Once the heart choices are clear, the mind becomes a tool to move mountains to achieve what it originally thought not possible.
As we lean into and lead with our heart choices, the shape of our personal world will shift and so will the shape of the world we work and live in. I see it now. I experience it now. Many of my friends experience it now. If we stay true to where the heart wants to go and connect with others who are doing the same, it is only a matter of time before this movement is more real, tangible, recognizable and palpable in more and more places. It is not about not doing hard core work, transformational work, difficult work, systems work. But it is about leading it with heart and noticing how much more powerful all of our work and our relationships become and how much more able we are to create the shift we want and need to see for our future, the future of our children and their children’s children.