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Do you live the life you love?

by inspire on November 26, 2009

Glendalough river - photo by Sean M Kelly“If you live the life you love, you will receive shelter and blessings. Sometimes the great famine of blessings in and around us derives from the fact that we are not living the life we love; rather, we are living the life that is expected of us. We have fallen out of rhythm with the secret signature and light of our own nature.”J O’Donohue

It’s quite ironic really that John O’Donohue (1956-2008), the Irish Philosopher and Poet spent alot of time reflecting, talking and writing about death. However this reflection I feel was really to remind us of how important it is to live a life we love or to learn to love the life we live.

Many of us still don’t like to talk about death, in particular our own. And this avoidance of this inevitable part of life can be a form of escapism or deni al that we will ever die. And in denying that we will die we can deny ourselves the experience of “living the life we love” or as I like to say “Daring to Dream Our Dream!”. We simply keep ourselves busy “living the life that is expected of us” only to realise when that inevitable moment of our death arises we were rarely true to ourselves and what we love.

Yet please remember since you’re reading this now, you’re still alive! And in this precious time we have we can take inspiration from John O’Donohue’s reflections to at least consider what does it mean “to live a life we love”. Here’s are some guidelines I hope can help:

1. When was the last time you spent some time doing what you love? How could you schedule more time in your week to do what you love?

2. A great indication to know what you love is, you lose track of time as you’re doing it.

3. You feel absolutely joyous as you’re pursuing what you love.

4. People tell you how wonderful you are as you do what you love, even though you’re not doing it to get any approval
5. You touch and inspire people in ways you could never have even imagined

6. You’re regularly spontaneous (just like you were when you were a child)

7. Feelings of inner peace continue to grow in your life

8. You feel great within yourself and consequently you see the greatness in others

9. You let go of the need to judge and criticize

10. You’ve loads of energy to do what you love

Remember even if only a few of the above are true for you, that’s what to put your heart into and let them grow!

Well I hope that helps in some way. The greatest energy in the universe is Love, make sure you nourish and grow it in your life. Needless to say that was one of my intentions in writing the Dare to Dream eBook and it can certainly help you nourish what is loving and truly important in Your Life.

I guess the real question to ask ourselves is not so much “how will I die?” but “how will I Live?”

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