“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ~ Jalaluddin Rumi
Today’s practice offers an invitation to bring yesterday’s outward gaze on the world back toward ourselves and to tune in to what we truly love. If we’re fortunate, we sometimes feel a perfect resonance between what we love to do and how we spend our days. Other times, there’s a gap – perhaps out of necessity but sometimes because our habitual ways of being and doing have taken on a life of their own. When was the last time we heeded Rumi’s wisdom and allowed ourselves to be silently drawn by what we really love?
Begin by allowing yourself this silence – time to sit with the question of what you love, time to pay attention to what is pulling at your heart. When you’re ready, make a list of what surfaces; try not to overthink this or over-edit. Your list might include activities that you used to do regularly but that have recently been neglected, practices that have shaped your life, or a calling or yearning to which you haven’t had the space or opportunity to respond. Once you have your list, take some time to review and reflect. Allow yourself to visualize and savor the things you love or would love to do – and some of the specific feelings associated with them.
- What’s on your list that makes you feel fully alive? What’s calling for more of your time and attention?
- Is there anything on your list – or an accompanying feeling – that surprises you?
- As you go through your week, make space for at least one of the things on your list, and pay attention to how it feels to give time to something you love.
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Deepening Resource: Love What You Do, A Short Video by Green Renaissance
Image: Each day of our Grateful for Love practice includes an image of love as expressed through street art. Today’s Photo: Tyler Nix/Unsplash