Why You Should Live What You Love
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi
What ignites your passion? What allows you to feel completely engaged at the moment? For many of you reading this, being absorbed in your favourite hobby, sport or past-time naturally comes to mind. You might recite the countless hours spent in pursuit of that interest and the feelings associated with it.
It is no secret that we find enormous pleasure in pursuing our passion. It must be stated that your ‘work’ is not the only area tied to your love. Many people find sanctuary in their past-times or hobbies which bear no financial incentive other than to provide enjoyment and self-fulfilment.
In a recent blog post, I spoke about the state of flow one achieves when aligned with one passion. Time stands still as we’re flooded with exhilaration and excitement, absorbed in our pursuit. Such activities provide mental, emotional and physical benefits to the individual. In recent times we have seen popular culture espouse the notion of turning your passion into profits as a viable success model. This may not necessarily appeal to all people of course.
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In his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, the late Steve Jobs imparted graduates with the following wisdom, “…and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Whilst he was alluding to one’s career, we can adapt this statement to reflect other aspects of our lives where our passions run deep.
So how do you live what you love? I’m glad you asked. The following points are ways to encapsulate your passion by becoming aligned with your highest potential.
“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” – Wayne Dyer
1. Become an extension of what you love:
Embody what you love in every cell of your being by becoming an extension of your passion. People who live their love can’t wait to get up in the morning to spend another day immersed in their pursuit. As Steve Jobs reminds us in the earlier quote, if you haven’t found it yet – don’t settle. There is nothing more meaningless and soul-destroying than pursuing a life that does not resonate with your deepest self.
2. Find purpose and passion in other areas:
I mentioned earlier that your love or passion does not have to be tied to your work. For example, many people have hobbies or interests which do not earn money, yet provides a great deal of personal satisfaction. It takes persistence and focuses to turn your passion into profits. Thankfully those who have been privileged enough to achieve this cross-over will remind you that it often comes at a price – long hours, stress, health risks, family problems etc. This should not dissuade you from pursuing this path rather that you become aware of what is involved.
3. Harmonise with your mind and body:
When you’re immersed in your passion, harmony and balance are preserved in mind and body. The art of miniature Bonsai tree pruning can bring such deep satisfaction and resonance to the individual as they watch their Bonsai take shape over time. People who keep tropical fish also report feeling the same connection. Cooking is also said to have the same therapeutic effect to calm the mind and body.
4. Slow down to the speed of life:
There is a frequency called The Schumann resonances which have a frequency range of 7.83Hz which is 7 – 10 cycles per second. This frequency is also common in the EEG readings of humans and many animals. It was discovered that the dominant brain wave frequency of shamans and healers, comes close to 7.83 Hz and may at times beat in phase with the Earth’s signal, thereby causing harmonic resonance. This is scientific proof that we are wired to synchronise with the speed and frequency of life.
5. Transcend your fears:
Move through your fears. Fear is a debilitating emotion which discolours your perception of life. It shapes your inner domain and external reality. Let go of your fears by transforming them into peace, love, faith and trust. As you let go of fear you will naturally fall in love with life. You cannot appreciate life when your mind and body are gripped by fear; which is a lower state of consciousness. Love reflects a higher state of consciousness (logarithmic level – 500) as shown on the map of consciousness whereas fear is depicted as (logarithmic level – 100).
6. Look for the good in all situations:
Orientate your senses to look for the positive in all situations – not in a Pollyanna type of way. Remember the concept of duality? – yin and yang are parts of the whole. Therefore what may appear as a bad situation also contains the seed of something positive. As you widen your vista, you’ll naturally begin to look for the good in all situations. It won’t come looking for you holding up a placard, screaming to get your attention. Look for evidence in the smallest details and I can assure you that you’ll find it. I draw your attention to the famous quote by the German architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe who said– “God is in the details.”
7. Engage in loving relationships:
Engage in loving relationships and let go of toxic ones. Remember, we coach others on how to treat us. If you are not receiving the respect you deserve, on some unconscious level, you may have attracted this relationship to you. Learn from it by going inward to dissolve any conflicts. Many people’s perception of life is discoloured by their view of intimate relationships. They fail to acknowledge that life is a mirror reflecting back one's inner landscape – as within, so without. As you heal your wounds, life acknowledges your openness to live a life vested in love.
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