Heart Following: How Not Following Your Heart Creates Clutter
Do you listen to your heart? Do you follow your heart? Our minds like to think they are in charge, and they often are, but I am going to encourage you to start viewing your heart as the leader.
Part 2 focuses on how to follow your heart and you can read it next week.
Regrets of the Dying
It seemed to me a general consensus via a Google search is that the #1 regret of the dying was not pursuing dreams and aspirations. In 2013, Bronnie Ware, a nurse in a terminal palliative care did a study. I don’t know the details of the study, but some of the other things she found that people regretted were:
- not saying I love you a lot more;
- not speaking their mind, holding back and resenting things;
- not having the courage to live; and
- understanding that happiness is a choice.
Those four items are wonderful to chew on sometime and I encourage you to contemplate these reasons and how they might be showing up in your life.
Not following your heart can create clutter for us everywhere.
When we aren’t following our passions, we can easily accumulate physical clutter. Its been my observation when working with clients that have a lot of physical clutter they are trying to fill a void. Sometimes when they cant really pursue their dreams, they try and fill it with stuff.
Years ago when I was in living in LA I remember reading a book by Cheryl Richardson. I can’t remember the exact wording, but she talked about how when you didn’t act on something it could be at the back of your mind, bothering you and becoming a worry. For me it was not having a cell phone and worrying if I got into a car accident again. I purchased the phone to stop the drip drip drip. If you don’t follow your heart you may always wonder what if or worry that you are running out of time, creating mental clutter.
How We’re Creating Clutter without Heart Following
Not being who we are meant to be can rob us of joy and create emotional clutter. I had a friend whose husband had parents that wanted him to be an attorney. He did not. He dutifully went to law school and was a practicing attorney for many years. He finally became so miserable that he quit and followed his heart in radio. But, he accumulated a lot of emotional clutter in the form of anger and resentment of his parents, but also himself for not standing up to them.
We can create spiritual clutter because sometimes when we don’t follow our hearts, we stop growing. We literally become stagnant. I am sure many people listing and watching have met someone who has never changed or grown in their lives. When we are excited about life and living, we are continually learning and growing.
Our heart is heavy when we don’t listen and honor it. This creates energetic clutter in our bodies and in our environment. People can often sense this, even if they can’t articulate it. If we ignore energetic clutter and our energy becomes stuck and stagnant, that can morph into dis ease.
It’s pretty obvious that not honoring our heart can cause us clutter. But many people might not have an idea of their passions or what they really want to do in life. That is okay. It’s not wrong if you don’t. It takes practice, but if you are willing you can learn how to listen to your heart.
What are your biggest regrets so far in life? How are you not following you heart? What can you do today to follow your heart?
DIY Options to Clear Clutter
Purchase Julie’s books on how to clear clutter from your life: https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Coraccio/e/B07JGGL7ZL/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
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