- Quality of Life & Wellness
Live From Your Heart
Stop Just Surviving
Why is it that adults just can't seem to live from their hearts like children do? It's like, when you become a certain age, responsibility and reality just suck the passion, joy and dreams right out of you. We end up living as frustrated, stressed out, discouraged and unsatisfied people. But, if you are like me, when you dream at night, your heart becomes fully engaged again. In your nighttime dreams (or nightmares) every inch of your being is saving the day, running for your life, being and doing things that would seem laughable compared to your actual life. What can we do to help reclaim some of that passion in our day to day lives? I've done a little research and this is what I've found.
Find Out What You Are Passionate About
Some of us need help remembering what passion feels like. We don't even know where to start! Lisa Girard at Entreprenuer wrote an article helping people discover what their passions might be using five exercises in creativity at http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219709. One of her suggestions include making a "creativity" board filled with images that inspire you. Look for a common theme. Then start doing what you love, regardless of skill level or if it makes you money or not. Money may or may not come later. There are all kinds of quizzes you can take on the internet to find out what your passion is, like www.thepassiontest.com.
Also, sometimes you just have to try new things. You can discover a passion you didn't know you had.
Take A Class
These days there are local community colleges offering continuing education classes for dirt cheap on practically anything you can think of, from Animal Care to Crochet. This is an easy, fun way to engage yourself in an area of interest for little cost and not much time commitment. It's also a good way to try something new and explore what things you might not realized you would enjoy!
Start A Dream Journal (Or A Regular One)
As said before, you are usually fully engaged in your dreams. Psychologists agree that your dreams can tell you a lot about yourself and what's going on in your subconscious mind. Keeping track with a journal will help you remember your dreams and recognize if there is a common pattern or feeling you are reliving.
If you are one of those people who can't ever remember their dreams, then just start a regular journal. Write what you did that day, what your favorite part of the day was, how you felt, etc. This will inspire you and has a surprising amount of therapeutic value. Most psychologists will tell you that journaling is one of the best stress-releasers. It's also a good record of your life for future generations to enjoy.
Carl Jung's Theory On Dream Interpretation
Take A Day Off And Job Shadow
Sometimes, all it takes is a look into the daily life of someone in another career field to realize how good (or poor) you have it. That dream job may not be all it is cracked up to be on a day-to--day basis. Or, it is everything you dreamed of and worth pursuing. Most people love to be job shadowed for a day and get to show off what they do. If your dream job turns out to be a disappointment, you create a new dream around what you enjoy doing, versus what you think you like to be.
Are You Working Your Dream Job?
Volunteer For A Cause You Care About
If you are not finding a lot of fulfillment in your life, one easy cost free way is to volunteer. Volunteers work at hospitals, schools, disaster relief centers, mental health facilities, zoos, animal shelters, etc. Pretty much anything you might feel strongly about, there is probably a way you can volunteer in that area. There is something special about giving to an organization, cause or person that can't give back to you.
It feels good to contribute to a cause you care about, and a lot of times you will make some good friends along the way. Volunteering is definitely good for your heart. If you are not sure where to start, either go online and look for a local facility for your cause or just go in person and ask about volunteering.
You only have one life to live, and you don't want to get to the end without seeing any of your dreams realized. Your heart needs to be heard in some way or another and these are just a few of the many ways you can tap in.