“When we know how to read our own hearts, we acquire wisdom of the hearts of others.”
—Denis Diderot, 18th Century French philosopher, art critic, and writer
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What comes to mind when you think about poetry?
In recent years, I’ve shifted considerably from a judgmental, sappy view to a more open, welcoming view of this art form.
For most of my years, I just didn’t get it, and it was far easier to disregard the hidden messages that went over my head, as clearly not meant for me.
It was a bit over nine years ago, following my mom’s passing, that I read The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. It seemed like none of my normal reading efforts hit home and my heart needed filling far more than my head.
It was then that I began to more fully explore aspects of my heartfelt emotions and feelings as a basis of connecting with others, especially family and friends.
How might playing with a bit of poetry help you read your own heart better?
What would be the benefit of acquiring the wisdom of the hearts of others in your various communities?
“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.”
—William Shakespeare, MacBeth, Act 1, Scene 3
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William Shakespeare’s plays, poems, and sonnets have taught the world many life lessons that are still relevant today.
Through his works, he taught that love can conquer and destroy, that people trust what they cannot see, and that human ethics are easily manipulated.
In addition to the subject of love in his numerous works, he frequently included other common characteristics of society including greed, ambition, and the focus on power.
How would you imagine Shakespeare might view our current society, given that he lived during challenging times between 1564 and 1616 in England?
What are your thoughts and feelings about your own present fears versus your own imaginings?
Consider checking out the website NoSweatShakespeare.com to explore in greater depth his significant influences on our world.
“Few is the number who think with their own minds and feel with their own hearts.”
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How are you and the people in your personal and professional communities doing relative to today’s quote?
With far more time on our hands due to social and physical distancing, I’ve observed a lot of people thinking and feeling more deeply than ever before.
When – perhaps in the past – have you gone along with the crowd instead of trusting your own heart and head before making an important decision, or taking a significant action?
How has the world grinding to a halt versus the frenetic pace we usually keep given you greater clarity on life?
How can and will you use the lessons from these challenging times to help you count yourself among the “few more” people who think with their own minds and feel with their own hearts?
Please reply to this post with whatever thoughts and feelings you care to share.
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 19th Century German Writer & Statesman
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What is it to live a good life?
How does one measure a life well lived?
What intrinsic and extrinsic factors are your gyroscopic guides on this great adventure?
Many people are giving more thought to this, particularly as they look in the mirror and see the aging process in effect, or pine on what they were once able to do years earlier.
Many experts, happiness gurus, and people who live “in the moment” encourage all of us to explore our emotions and feelings in order to tap into these trustworthy cornerstones of how to live.
Where and how can you more fully tap into your thoughts, emotions, and feelings to assure yourself that you are indeed on the right life path?
“Feelings are much like waves. We can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which ones to surf.”
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One of the greatest freedoms each of us has is the freedom to make choices on a daily basis. Examine your day closely. How many choices did you make intentionally, and how many by default, without thinking?
This examination along with its increased self-awareness will likely have you notice the accompanying feeling about what you are doing, and perhaps with whom you associate.
Today’s quote points us in the direction of actually choosing our perceptions, and thus our feelings, to catch only the waves we most desire.
Consider using a journal to capture your feelings as you surf through your day. How can you choose far more ideal waves that will give you the best rides of your life?
“You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action.”
– Dr. Jerome Bruner, Harvard Psychologist
Do you remember being a child, when your own parents asked you to do something a bit unpleasant? You know, take out the trash, clean your room, do your homework… If you’re like many people, you probably said, “I don’t feel like it.”
Today, we experience numerous areas of our lives where the same words prevent us from eating healthy foods, getting proper exercise, and yes, doing those pesky chores.
As a coach for over 20 years, I’ve observed that people of action – deliberate, habitual, and massive action – seem to consistently feel better and have more energy than those who do their best to conserve their efforts.
For the next week, create multiple post-it notes with the famous Nike phrase “Just do it” and see if you catch the positive, energizing momentum available in an action-packed life.