Like many of you, I have driven myself half-crazy over the years, trying to figure out my passion and purpose in life.
Since I discovered my own heart ventures (or, "Light Words," as Karen Walrond calls these heart's path activities), I have experienced more happiness and more meaning in my own life.
If you're ready to spend some time determining your own heart ventures, read Explore: Your Heart. But if you want to dip your toe in the water and just see what it feels like, try a "Fast Five" exercise inspired by SARK from her book Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper.
The idea behind "fast lists" is to write without thinking so that you access what you feel rather than what your head thinks you "should" feel.
How to Use "Fast Five" to Discover What You Love
First, sit quietly for 3 to 5 minutes. Do nothing but breathe. Take at least 3 deep breaths in and out.
Now, try to write at least 5 items for each of these topics:
- Your Favorite Places to Be (places that make you happy)
- Activities You Loved to Do When You Were Younger
- Activities You Love to Do Now
- What You Would Do if You Had a Weekend All to Yourself
- How You Would Spend Your Time if You Had no Responsibilities
Put down your pen or pencil.
Go back and read your lists.
What activities are calling to you? Are there activities on your lists that you had forgotten you enjoyed? Are there activities that you've neglected or made excuses not to do?
Consider what barriers you are creating to your own happiness. In the coming week, commit to doing at least one activity on your lists. How does it feel to make that commitment to yourself?