We’re told as children to “dream big” and that we can be anything we want to be. And with the imagination curiosity of a child, we do dream big. We dream of becoming astronauts, or performing on the stage or silver screen, or of becoming a great lawyer or a successful veterinarian. What did you dream of being when you were growing up? Our souls grow and change as we grow and change. If there is a dream you never said “yes” to, perhaps now is the time to think long and hard about why not. Oh, and maybe it’s time to give it a try.
You don’t have to chase a dream. You can plot a course, track your progress and achieve it. The universe is telling you to go for it. Are you listening?
It’s so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day routine. We are creatures of habit, but sometimes our habits become monotonous. Do you make a daily habit to focus on your breath? Tuning in to your breath is one of the simplest ways to check in and see what you’re really feeling. As you learn to listen and evaluate the breath, the faster you’ll be able to recover from any stressful situation and move through your life with a greater sense of peace. Your breath will provide the sail for your soul searching to drift upon. Learn to control it, and you’ll be a better captain of your own life’s vessel.
Nature is one of the world’s most wonderful teachers. Connecting with the outdoors can be a very centering way to better listen to your intuition. The natural world has so many amazing things to see that we have forgotten about. The concrete jungles we live in have created an unnatural box that we are confined to. Our smartphones occupy much of our time, and we forget that “unplugging” can be a most restorative experience – one that’s truly needed to determine our next steps.
We all have the thing we’ve always wanted to do but never do. Why? You may have constructed an alternate reality of the “stuff that may happen.” You can’t know the outcome all the time. That’s scary for a lot of people. What’s the absolute worst case scenario? Is that scenario going to cause you or another harm? No? Then what’s stopping you? Create a memory. You’ll be surprised at how many times you look back on the experience and are glad you went for it instead of standing on the sidelines.
Don’t let dreaming of the future get you ahead of yourself. While you’re preparing for the dream, enjoy the moments along the journey. You’ll look back on your life and remember the smallest moments – ones that may seem really inconsequential at the time. You may get to the end of your journey and realize that it wasn’t about the dream at all, but the work of getting there that was your true calling. It may not be about achieving something. It may just be about becoming who you were meant to be. This is it.
We are educated with thought systems based on fear. This fear can cause us to stay in jobs we hate, continue in unhealthy relationships, and be generally anxious about everything. If your soul is calling you to something greater, take a breath, don’t let the fear take over, and see just how far you can go.
Sara Sherman is a freelance writer, yogi and accidental island girl living on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Contact Sara via her website at www.SaraMSherman.com, and read more about her island adventures at www.IslandersFromIowa.com.