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Whims and whatnot

After going through a period of rabid reading and learning all I can about building a business with integrity, I decided to turn off the faucet and allow my own guidance to come through.  I unsubscribed from all the newsletters and emails (which were all saying the same things anyway) and basically went on an “information fast”.  Now, I opt to receive very few things – only that which truly truly resonates with me.

One of those I chose to keep was Mark Silver’s “Heart of Business” newsletter.  There’s a gentleness in his written word that really jumped out at me.  He wasn’t trying to be hip or trendy – he was just himself and I could feel his work comes from a place of true authenticity.  I am working through his program “Unveiling the heart of your business” and it’s lovely and high-vibrational and a total fit for where I want to take my business.  Integrity and authenticity are very important to me.

I say all this as an introduction to the information below which I was part of an email he sent yesterday.  It really resonated with what I talk about here: taking action.  Even one small thing = something you’ve not done before – can help put you on a completely different path.  Ideas are good – action on those ideas is the key.

Hope you enjoy this snippet!

Guidance is About Whims, Choice is About Following Them

It has become a cliché that the voice of God is a small, still voice, because it’s true. Divine knowing, connection to Source, is rarely received as a thunderclap. When I taught at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, I told students to “follow your whims.” I only felt confident about that advice because I knew how much time they had spent polishing their hearts.

The Sufis talk about the heart as an old-fashioned mirror made of metal instead of reflective glass. Metal mirrors require polishing to maintain the reflective surface. Without the polishing, rust sets in, slowly obscuring the surface.

Spiritual practice does that for your heart, allowing it witness and increased reflection of Divine truth. If you spend some amount of time in spiritual practice, look at your heart, trust what you get, and take a step forward.

It can feel tricky balancing between confidence in your heart’s guidance and remembering that that guidance is imperfect. This is where the “reasonable scope” I mentioned above comes in.

By keeping your choices reasonable in scope–not choosing to take on the world, but simply taking on the next project–you can feel confident about what your heart shows you. You keep polishing your heart with spiritual practice. When the next step or choice comes along, you look again at your heart, and step forward once more into your heart’s whim.

Article ©2010 Mark Silver, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. This article and hundreds of others, along with other free resources are available at http://www.heartofbusiness.com

Wednesday Wandering #2

Welcome to another edition of “Wandering Around Wednesday” where I share with you some of the sites I visit – some every day and others from time to time.

Come with me as I wander through the ‘net this Wednesday!

Patricia’s Wisdom
You might have seen Patricia in the comments here – she’s just a delight and a faithful blogger and commenting buddy! Willing to give 110% to whatever she does, Patricia’s blog is chock full of interesting thoughts, pictures and ideas.

Unfolding your path to Joy
Oh goodness – where do I even start with Joy’s blog? Like Patricia, Joy is a regular commenter here and she is one of the most amazing women I know. Her writing has a very light, almost fairy-like feel to it but the subjects she writes about are weighty. Whenever I visit her site, I leave feeling uplifted and JOY-full! If your day needs a bit of fairy dust, go see Joy.

Grandma’s Briefs
This grandma named Lisa is not your regular (grand) mommy-blogger. There are pics of her beloved Bubby and her family and she just has a way of saying things that make you feel as if you’ve known her forever. Plus, I won a little contest she had going on and she mailed me a dozen of *the best* chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. MMM! I had one every night (okay, two sometimes) with coffee and it was heavenly. I wish I made something cool like that to give away.

Productive Flourishing
Charlie Gilkey is the author of this site and he helps get you focused on *meaningful action (which does not, alas, encompass surfing random LOLcat pictures for two hours. (does it?))

“What, exactly, is meaningful action? It’s the synthesis of productivity, personal development, and creativity. It’s that sweet spot between incessant daydreaming and mindless doing.”

We all know that Practically Intuitive is about how to put your intuitive skills into action – perhaps even meaningful action! 🙂 Charlie gives you tons and tons of ways to do that. He’s a damn good writer (check out this post about climbing a mountain with his mom) and knows how to take a jumble of things and make sense of them. Lots to read, lots to learn at this site. (Plus – free stuff! I love that!)

Go meet some new friends! And if you have a couple sites that you really like, please put them in the comments. I’d love to visit!

(Requisite LOLcat picture for a Wednesday. Get used to it. I’m a dork.)

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