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We all know generally what activities we love to do, but knowing where to focus the bulk of our time and energy can be a daunting puzzle.

In the recent post Learn: Two Tactics for Discovering Your Heart’s True Path, I described two approaches for exploring your heart's truth: recording your gratitude and making a long list. Whichever tactic you chose, the resulting data will likely be an overwhelming collection of information.

Here is one way to zoom in on the activities that are truly most important to your heart.

Categorize Your Heart's Activities

1. The long list tactic. In the Path Finder course, Karen Walrond  directed participants to leave a blank column alongside our lists of everything we love to do. Once our lists were complete, we went back and, in the blank column, labeled each list item with a category. Some items fit in more than one category; the important part of this exercise is to generalize each activity through categorizing or labeling.

2. The gratitude tactic. You could apply the Path Finder categorization method to the gratitude tactic as well. It might be helpful first to add to the gratitude list just what it is about each gratitude that most brings you joy. For example, last month one of my gratitudes was seeing the Terracotta Warriors at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. I could expand that narrow gratitude to include that I loved: spending time with my family, learning about the warriors and their history and reintroducing my kids to the art institute. 

It's All about Your Heart's Patterns

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my categorized list of activities I love
Once you've labeled each of your activities or gratitudes with categories, you have the pieces of your heart's puzzle. What’s left is identifying the patterns your heart's categories will reveal. In order to do this, I listed each of my heart's categories and simply tallied each instance. For me, five categories rose to the top of the list, and these activities are what I most love to do: my top "heart ventures." (Karen Walrond suggests that focusing on more than five categories would be too much and that three categories is about right.) When I tallied my categories, I discovered a natural break—a large gap—between the top five and the remaining categories.

Knowing the top ventures that point to your heart's true path can be exciting and affirming. These powerful heart ventures are your path. At this point, though, the path is still unclear and not well trodden. Maps serve as the next guidepost to finding your way.

Whether you feel lost or like you're struggling, or whether you're sailing smoothly, tell us about your journey! If you're living your path, how did you discover it? Share your story in a comment below, at the community Facebook page or via twitter.

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