Can It Be Learned? Part 2 Discovery

As I was thinking about what it took to discover what is in your heart I came across two great articles about what I was thinking. Steve over at All Things Workplace talks about his experience away from his normal routine to listen to what his body, soul, and mind. He starts off saying:

Sometimes it pays to just stop.

Why?

Because we’re not made to “go” all the time.

Steve is right. We feel we are called to go, go, go. We think our job promotion depends on more time, but what we neglect is time to discover your heart. Margaret Wheatleygoes on and gives some ways to find peace, which is key to discovering your heart.

Start your day off peacefully. I’ve raised a large family, so I laugh as I state this. But I’ve learned that I can’t expect to find peace at work. However peaceful I am as I enter the office, that’s probably my peak peaceful experience of the day. So I have a strong motivation to find peace before work. There are many ways to cultivate peace at the start of your day. You can drive to work in silence. Or listen to a particularly soothing piece of music. You can reflect on a spiritual phrase or parable. You can take a few minutes to just sit, either meditating or focusing on a lovely object. You can look for something beautiful outside your window. As your day grows crazier, it helps to know what peace feels like. Sometimes you can even recall that feeling in the midst of very great turmoil.

Both Steve and Margaret point out that it takes silence in order to discover what your heart is. Silence can be scary because truth finds it way out during silence and through the truth you can discover who you are and what your heart desires. The challenge is to stop taking the giant steps and stop. Then find time and a place to be by yourself and see what is in your heart.

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1 comment so far

  1. Mark on

    Great post. It seems that in every great “leader” bio I’ve seen or read about, I watch as the the leader looses his sense of self or sanity or “silence” (as you put it here), and then begins the long downward spiral into obscurity.

    To me, silence is much more than just not speaking. It is a confidence in yourself that goes beyond feeling the need to be more completed with thoughts, sounds or words. Silence is the beginning of creation, the space that separates work from work. It is the arena where we discovery sanity again, and must continue to return to silence to stay sane in a stir-crazy world. Especially in the global cities of Western Civilization, leaders must learn to live counter-culturally to the go-go-go of our normal lives. Keep up the good work!


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