Do you wake up for work feeling excited and curious about what your workday holds? Or, do you wake up wishing you had a ticket to Hawaii?
When was the last time you felt that kid-at-Christmas rush in regards to you J. O. B.? Or, do you sit at your desk feeling a little like stale toast?
I’ve lived my whole life out of the box. I worked an office job for one summer in college. I found out everything I needed to know. I’ve never looked back. I’d much rather live the light of my soul and passion than a slow, comfortable, predictable death.
Boxes work for cereal, but not for people.
You were not born to embody the status quo. You were not born to fulfill the over-baked cookie cutter dreams of a culture that has lost it’s center and it’s sense of meaning.
C’mon… you were born to deconstruct boxes. You were born to shape the world through your unique vision. You were born to live the passionate truth of your soul.
You were born to do what you love.
Doing what you love isn’t just for lucky people. It’s for anyone with a little bit of courage and a whole lot of love. It’s for anyone who is willing tap into inner listening through body awareness and the messages of spirit and nature – and to take consistent, substantive steps to bring that awareness into the world as your work.
It’s for anyone who would rather dream than die.
What steps are you taking today to do what you love?
Here are 5 unconventional, and in my experience, highly effective, tips to live the dreams and create work that you love:
#1: Stop doing what’s not yours to do.
This may sound like a negative goal, but it’s not. It’s the foundation for all big yeses. The biggest reason most people don’t “get to do what they love” is that they are too busy doing what they think, “needs to be done” or just responding to whatever is in front of them. Your body knows the sensation of YES. Excitement = life. If you don’t feel aliveness in what you are doing. Stop doing it. (It just takes a minute to feel this. Take a few breaths and center in your body. Then, just ask. “No” feels dead or tense. “Yes” feels awake, pulsing, tuned in, available, curious, present.)
#2: Follow the feel good.
Once you get centered in the basic body sensation of yes (or no), then it’s time to tap into a deeper sensation. When I say “follow the feel good,” I don’t just mean simple pleasure (tho that’s also a really great indicator). “The FEEL GOOD” is the sense that what’s happening in your life is alive, lit up, potent, juicy or growthful for you. The FEEL GOOD is the sensation of living in integrity with your soul. This can include incredibly challenging situations. It can also include shifting an attitude or behavioral set point – like letting yourself laugh or make intuitively driven decisions, even if you are “a serious person.” To find that sensation, all you need to do is get a little quiet and check in with yourself – under the noise your body and your soul know what’s alive for you.
#3: Fall In Love With Learning.
Dreams are never constant. Dreams grow with you and your evolution. And, they are co-generated by your willingness to explore, grow, learn and have new experiences. Your soul is a voracious learner. Feed your dreams by feeding your desire to learn. Plus, if your dream involves doing something you’ve not yet achieved (which it hopefully does!), you will likely need new tools to achieve your goals. Don’t be afraid to be a beginner and to ask for lots of help.
#4: Choose a Better Story.
Life is really a fabric of stories. You get the story you tend and love. What is your “creation myth?” Is it the “scrape and save” story, the “live at the margins so I can be free” story, or the “dreams are dangerous, best to follow the rules “ story? I tend towards the “love always saves the day” story with a strong streak of “Hobbit with an elvin sword saves the world,” and an equally strong streak of “The Goddess meets The Medicine Path.” It’s wild fun. I also live the story of my life in a universe in ceaseless expansion and evolution whilst living on a gorgeous green planet that is teaching me (and all of humanity) the wisdom of limits. I love how that story empowers my “life as a Great and abundant adventure” story. What story do you choose? (Some other fun options: romantic comedy, inventor of universes, successful artist re-weaving the world through beauty.) Once you get clear about your core stories, it’s useful to tease out aspects of them that might be in incongruity. Congruity supports an uncomplicated experience of yourself and a unity of your energies in action. If your story isn’t working for you, re-write it in a way that supports your FEEL GOOD.
#5: Expand Your Concept of “TEAM.”
The universe wishes you well. Seriously, you have a really BIG team. You have all the people who know and care for you, who you touch and who have been touched by you. You have colleagues and teachers and students. You have special loved ones and core friends who know you inside out – both through affinity and time depth. They have your back, and you can call on them any time. And – here’s the real expansion – you have an unseen power team that is always supporting you, helping you to make better choices and waiting in the wings (for your request of help) to assist your awesomeness and your dreams. Your unseen power team includes your Higher Self, your angels, your ancestors and your totem guides. If you are reading this, it may be time to reconnect with that team, or to open to it’s existence simply by ASKING, if you haven’t already.
Stop giving energy, attention or money to success gurus, unless you get a deep body yes to what they are offering. Marketing is wicked accurate these days in terms of targeting your deepest fears and desires with perfectly programed language. Start from the assumption that you are ENOUGH exactly as you are. Ask, what do I really need and want to support my health, wholeness, happiness, growth and the manifestation of my dreams? Then, ONLY go for this.
And, if DANCE is what you are most passionate about, if it’s your medicine and your magic, your home and your liberation, then come train with me as a Dancing Freedom Facilitator. The next training is April 25-May 16, 2015 at my home, Seven Seeds Farm. Find out more here.
…to your box free life!