To reference the work of Joseph Campbell: “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the Universe to match your nature with Nature.”
This is what it means to follow your heart and answer that call.
I was called to walk the El Camino and backpack Europe in my early 20’s, and then life happened. Fast forward to mid 30’s: I finally made the decision to answer the call.
But answering the call came with a loaded gun pointed at my previous self and life. Apparently filled with fear, I needed to pull the trigger and jump and a little praying that I grew wings to help me fly with.
Although it took me time to grow said wings. (They were always there.)
I walked the El Camino de Santiago a Spiritual Pilgrimage that’s been around before pagan time that the church adopted. The path has been walked for centuries. Hundreds of thousands a people each year set out to make this walk. This walk was just the beginning of making peace with my past. Shedding the years of conditioning of what my life should be rather than the deep heart-centered life I knew I longed for.
Life-changing to start, but I kept going: I walked and backpacked and hitchhiked all over Europe for an entire year. With no plans, next to no money and no contacts. Just an open heart to lead the way. I was taught the truth about family, love and life to honor and be my true self.
After coming back, my family had health issues, as did I. It took several years to Integrate all that I had done and been through. Learning to apply this new way of being challenged everything I had previously been living. Forging a new path in unknown territory with no one to lead the way is scary by itself, but it was to remind me we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are our own teachers and we do each have a significant part to play in the whole.
I’ve been meditating for 20 years and teaching it for over ten, and this solid foundation has helped me navigate the ups and downs, the storms. Opening up to deeper levels of happiness and Joy. Living a heart centered life. It’s my privilege to take the knowledge and wisdom of the past 20 years. To hold space toward a greater level of Integration, to wholeness, a deep remembering we are whole: complete and perfect as we are.