I love this picture on several levels.
First, I am an absolute beach lover. There is nothing better than having your toes in soft white sand, fresh air lightly blowing around you and the sound of the waves coming in one by one. Ahhh, just thinking of that puts a smile on my face and makes me feel at peace. (Now how I ended up living here in the desert, well that’s a whole different story for a different day!)
The second reason I love this picture is because it is a wonderful reminder to me to always live from my heart. Somehow in my high school and college years I allowed myself to become comfortable living in and from my head. I’m one of those people who like numbers, data, logistics, analyzing, etc. Numbers are black and white, there is no gray, they are very clear. What I learned was that living from my head had become my “safe zone”, I didn’t have to deal with emotions, or feelings, or any of that grey stuff. The challenge is, without emotions, feelings and all those vibrant colors life offers, it can become a very isolated and boring place to be; it’s not a place you come alive in, you simply exist in.
Living from your heart allows you to become more of who you were truly created to be. You experience life to the fullest, rather than simply existing. Yes, it can mean feeling some of the incredible aches and pains of life, AND more importantly it allows you to feel, really feel and experience all the incredible joys and blessings of life.
I won’t lie, there are times when I can feel myself being pulled to hide out in my head when things get a little tough, however with reminders like this beautiful heart, those times come less and less often. I’ve also learned that when I focus on all the many blessings in my life, living from my heart comes more naturally then I ever thought possible.
Wishing you many more blessings then you ever imagined! ~ Dana