Are You Paying Attention to the Signs?
I may or may not have asked this week's question already in one of my 32 previous questions ---honestly, it doesn't matter if I did. A good question needs to be asked over and over again. Depending on your immediate life circumstances, financial situation, mood, heck even the phase of the moon, your answer to it may vary. Or, if you are lucky, it will stay the same, thus giving you clarity. Ask yourself a question enough times, and a pattern eventually unfolds. And patterns are full of great insight.
At least that is how it works for me.
All forward motion for me starts with a "buzz" these days, a feeling of energy that I am "onto" something. My track record does show I have made a few wrong turns and discovered a few dead ends recently -- but I have followed them with surety, always guided by signs I cannot deny.
I used to get mad at myself for taking the wrong turn. Until I realized these little jaunts off the beaten path were life lessons I needed to experience. They are all meant to be, and it is 100% normal to experience them on a journey to self-discovery.
It is all part of the process of becoming aware. Of learning to listen to our inner voice, to dig out our true path.
My version of learning to read the roadsigns in front of me is this: when my buzz fizzles out quickly, I know immediately I am off track. When it takes longer, my warning sign is the feeling that what once "buzzed" me, now seems to drain me.
Take enough wrong turns, learn to pay attention, ask yourself enough questions and soon you will be able to know when you are on the right path. The buzz is constant. You feel energized, not zapped. You lose track of time, you don't catch yourself watching the clock. You crave doing that same thing over and over again, instead of finding excuses not to do it.
When I am aligned with my true path, I now feel it. Goosebumps are constant. I feel alive, like I am buzzing. Life is easy. It is a state I want to stay in.
The question I use to reassess after discovering I made a wrong turn or ran into a dead end is this:
What Makes You Feel Totally Alive? / Question of the Week #33
As with anything that matters, it takes practice to train your mind, body + soul to become aware of this alive feeling.
So you will need to start paying attention to the People, Places & Things that fuel you, if you haven't already started doing this.
- Which people in your life make you feel alive, build you up, inspire you, energize you, foster growth in you? In other words, you wish to be around them.
- What places relax you, allow you to think, dream, and receive clarity? In other words, you feel pulled there, often.
- What things are you doing when you feel at your very best, totally confident, happy, and at ease? In other words, you feel you don't get to do them often enough.
Start thinking about what brings the positive buzz into your world and maybe even start a list in your journal. This will make it easier to recognize patterns, to connect your own dots later.
And once you pay attention to what it feels like to be on the right path, you will not want to venture too far off it. You will be full of wonder and gratitude at the incredible life you've been blessed with.
When is the last time you felt truly alive? What fills you up?
"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." -Joseph Campbell