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Listen To Your Heart

Voices, opinions
Come flooding in
“You should have done this…”
“You could have done that…”
“Why didn’t you say this?”
“How could you say that?”
“You can’t do that!”

You know what the truth is.
You know what’s right.
The signs speak louder than words.
And your heart speaks clearly
If only you’d pay heed
If only you’d trust yourself enough.

Your heart tells you what’s important.
It signals what you need
It shows you the way
It leads you gently
Towards peace

Still yourself.
Pay attention.
Follow your heart
It’s the only way to inner peace.

What I find fascinating about the way we are made is that deep within us we already know. Know what, you ask? We know what’s good for us, we know the kind of people we should avoid, what we really want to do with our lives, and how we want to be remembered. We have the answers. And yet, we keep looking for them every where else, but within ourselves.

An ancient myth tells of the Gods getting together to make Man and while doing so they begin to discuss where the secret to life should be placed. They agree that it should be someplace mysterious, not obvious. It should be so well hidden that it will be a challenge for Man to find it. One God suggested that the bottom of the ocean would be a good place to hide it. But his idea was shot down as the others were convinced that Man would invent all sorts of equipment to explore the depths of the ocean. The highest mountain was not an option too, as the Gods realized that Man would eventually invent airplanes and helicopters to land there. No place seemed challenging enough. Until one God, came up with the most brilliant suggestion: ‘Let us hide the secret of life within the heart of each person – Man will never think to look there!”

So today, welcome to wherever you are. Sit down and listen to your heart!

This is written in response to Suzy Que’s post ‘Free Write‘ on Write Tribe.

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  1. […] future” And she did Think about her future She knew what she wanted To do most of all Was follow her heart And not play small So she began to listen To follow that voice Whispering in her ear : Stay off the […]

  2. Patel Devanshu Patel Devanshu January 27, 2016

    A wonderful expression of feelings….moulded in words beautifully….and has not lost the real charm…came across accidently….

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  4. Vishnu Vishnu September 28, 2013

    Thank you for sharing Corrinne! I absolutely loved the story of the tricky Gods trying to hide life’s secret within our hearts:) We spend most of our lives (at least I have) looking for the magic pill or secret to happiness outside. Little did I know that it was within myself. To figure this out, my outside world had to shake up a little bit in order to help me realize the answers were within.

    It’s like the Alchemist – the shepherd boy went looking for his treasure all over the world. Where he found it was in the most surprising of places and a lot closer than all the places he traveled on his journey.

  5. Payal Bansal Payal Bansal September 26, 2013

    After reading the post, I sat for don’t know how much time…. And just thought with my closed eyes. I had never felt this way before, talking to myself, listening to what I had to say. I didn’t find the need to be alone, it was so calm and peaceful here. There were lots of sounds going on outside, but I felt like, they were going far and far and then I was there with me, just me 🙂

    It is so beautiful to listen to your heart, so mesmerizing 🙂
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  6. Jas Jas September 26, 2013

    Very thought provoking piece. It is really hard to listen to the heart or I think it is the fight between head and heart that makes listening difficult.

  7. Diane Diane September 25, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading this post and the poem at the beginning. I listen to my heart’s desire on and off… I find the ‘off’ times are when I have the most conflict/struggle!
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  8. Anne Anne September 24, 2013

    So true Corinne. I heard it said that many times. our heart’s truest desires lie in our hearts. If we’re only willing to stop and listen…
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  9. Amanda Amanda September 23, 2013

    Beautiful written. Totally something I struggle with off and on.
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  10. Melissa Melissa September 23, 2013

    Amazing BS! But how could we complicate something that could be simple and vice versa? There’s so much fear inside that need to be dispelled. I need to listen to my heart a little more.
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  11. jini maxin jini maxin September 23, 2013

    I am bit confused here! Are conscience and heart separate entities? Sometimes what your heart says, your conscience doesn’t agree. What do we do then? Listen to your heart or the conscience?

  12. Meena Menon Meena Menon September 23, 2013

    “Still yourself” – thi must be the most dificult of the things to do! Its always so cluttered n chasing behind mundane everyday thing that its voices are drowned away..

  13. Dagny Dagny September 22, 2013

    Listening hard Corinne. And it has amazing stories to tell. 🙂

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  14. Charlie Nitric Charlie Nitric September 21, 2013

    Hi Corinne –

    Isn’t it so true that we all know instinctively, the difference between right from wrong! We all know instantly what is good for us and what’s bad for us. Unfortunately, we don’t always listen to our inner self…that gut instinct. We misidentify because our brain gets in the way of our heart. Big problem, sometimes! Happy weekend to you. 🙂
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  15. vishalbheeroo vishalbheeroo September 21, 2013

    Wisdom post on Truly Alive. Life work in mysterious ways and I feel one should seek answers within. I try to listen to my heart and act, accordingly. Thanks for this one, Corinne:)
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  16. Poornima Poornima September 21, 2013

    This is so true. Sometimes we listen to others, to reason and blame circumstances or come under peer pressure but each of us know within what is it that really makes me happy. Thanks, whenever we read something like this, it makes us want to take one step forward to something that will make us happy.

  17. Proactive Indian Proactive Indian September 21, 2013

    Totally agree with you!
    “If only you’d trust yourself enough.”
    I think these are the critical words. Most people choose to be guided more by others’ opinions and gut feel, not by their own opinions and gut feel. That’s because of the need to conform, to belong.
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  18. Galen Pearl Galen Pearl September 21, 2013

    Your wise post reminded me of two things. The concept of the tapping of the heart, the way of deep knowing by the bushmen of Africa. And the song from Disney’s Pocahontas, in which Grandmother Willow sings “Listen with your heart; you will understand.” Very very true.
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  19. Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair September 20, 2013

    It was like I was meant to read this today. The answers are all within, if only we knew how to listen to our hearts at all times. A wonderful feeling this post brings out. 🙂
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  20. ~ Irene ~ ~ Irene ~ September 20, 2013

    I think it is important to listen to our hearts, Corinne. Not that we are disregarding the pieces of advice given to us by other people, but because we know ourselves better than anyone else in the world.

    A beautiful poem of telling us to listen to our inner voice, and the story… how clever of the gods to do that!

    Much love and God bless! <3 🙂
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  21. Sakshi Nanda Sakshi Nanda September 20, 2013

    “We have the answers. And yet, we keep looking for them every where else, but within ourselves.” – Absolutely beautiful. In this one sentence you are asking us to find ourselves even as we stand in the middle of this maddening crowd of opinions and views and news and voices. And through this one sentence, you are spreading so much Confidence in that person we call ‘I’. Lovely lovely post, Corinne.

  22. Jairam Mohan Jairam Mohan September 20, 2013

    Corrine, this was such a wonderful post with an equally wonderful poem. And the small story that you narrated about how God placed the secret of our lives in our hearts, well, that was heartwarming to borrow a pun.

    Awesome awesome post….
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  23. Suzy Suzy September 20, 2013

    So true, all answers lie within and strength also comes from within. Nice story. Great post.
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  24. Lazy Pineapple Lazy Pineapple September 20, 2013

    I loved the story and your post is fabulous. I too believe that we know what is right for us, all we need to do is be quiet and listen to our heart.
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  25. Say Cheese Say Cheese September 20, 2013

    Beautiful verses and wonderful story. This is a lovely free-write. 🙂
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  26. Rachna Rachna September 20, 2013

    Amen to the thought! I found the story fascinating and very meaningful.
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  27. Sulekha Sulekha September 20, 2013

    I have always listened to my heart and forgiven those who did me wrong, in the process too. Heart is kinder than the mind and compassionate too.

  28. Mary Stephenson Mary Stephenson September 20, 2013

    We may listen and hear, but we never follow very well and then wonder why things are not going so well. Or the times we only end up half way there and wonder why we feel so disconnected. Like the story. We seem to forget where our answers are hiding.
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  29. usha menon usha menon September 20, 2013

    Corinne ,this a very inspiring post.You have rightly said that we can solve many of our problems if we look within and listen to our heart. The poem is too good.

  30. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando September 20, 2013

    Corinne, this is an absolutely beautiful poem! I loved it and it’s powerful message!
    Yes, the answer to who we are lies in our hearts. Allowing negative voices to tear us down is the last thing we should ever do. Took me a long time to not listen and to follow my heart. So, so happy I did!
    Blessings always!
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  31. Bindu Bindu September 19, 2013

    Serendipity! Exactly the same thoughts in the link that I sent you 😀
    Looks like I am getting this message from all sides , better pay heed, I guess 🙂

  32. Kajal Kajal September 19, 2013

    I guess, sometimes its the heart that wanders…happens to me often, so just saying!

    And yes, sometimes we keep wandering for ourself to settle …very thought provoking piece for me

  33. Sheela Sheela September 19, 2013

    Exactly, we wander in the outer world in search of peace but that peace dwells within ourselves and we are unaware of it…beautifully said
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  34. Aditi Aditi September 19, 2013

    Corinne…this is so beautiful!! Yes, we should always listen to our heart…but more than often we go looking for answers everywhere but inside! Thank you for reminding! 🙂
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  35. C. Suresh C. Suresh September 19, 2013

    If only the damn thing did not veer around like a weather-vane in a cyclone 🙂
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  36. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg September 19, 2013

    That’s so profound and yet so simple. Beautiful thought. Yes we must follow our heart because it knows all the answer and its answers always leads to inner peace.
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  37. Ruchira Ruchira September 19, 2013

    yup, I totally agree with you Corinne. Gotta listen to our little guy pumping day in and out. Cause he is the only one who is closest to us.

    Beautifully said, indeed!
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  38. Kalpana Solsi Kalpana Solsi September 19, 2013

    Just love this writing. We search everywhere, up down left right, in holy places etc but never do we peep into our heart and listen.To listen we have to be silent but our minds are always disturbed.

  39. Rekha Rekha September 19, 2013

    Yeah….the Gods are so brilliant and they knew how to keep us confused. As you said, one must listen to their heart and follow their dreams and happiness will be at our footsteps. Thank you Corrine for this wonderful piece of inspiration. Much needed. 🙂
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  40. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury September 19, 2013

    I just love that story! 🙂 And the verse. The heart is a good place to be and a great voice to listen to!
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