Wisdom of the Heart

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?

Do you long for good health, affluence, a loving partner?

Do you want to move house, change jobs?

When I was asked the same question recently, I surprised myself by responding…Nothing, I have everything I need right here, right now!

The answer came straight from my heart. Whilst my mind was ready with a long list of what could be improved, my heart was authentic in its acceptance of the ways things actually are. My heart has the wisdom to understand that reaching for change and the subsequent growth incurred is a necessary aspect of life.

Whilst expansion requires stretching beyond our known limitations of that which is comfortable and familiar, our effort is always rewarded with increased competence and self-awareness. No matter if our mind judges us as having failed or succeeded in our labours, we can taste the sweetness that comes from trusting ourselves to reach for the light.

Antonio Machado speaks to this transformation in this extract from the poem Last Night as I Was Sleeping:

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—blessed illusion!—
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—blessed illusion!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.