“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.”
—Henry David Thoreau
We walk through life on a path of our own choosing. We can follow others and head the same way they are going, but the path we take is always going to be unique and personal to us. We can only truly experience life from our own perspective, so it is incredibly important for us to actually choose our path. When I talk about “finding our path,” it means making the choice to lead a meaningful life—one that fulfills us on a very deep level, that lets us know we love and are loved, and that we can be the person we came here to be.
The path I have chosen for my time here on this magnificent planet earth is to lead a peaceful, kind, confident life and to spread the message that “outer peace begins with inner peace” to all beings. Every moment of every day, I make choices that can either lead me further along this path or take me away from it. When faced with a decision, I ask myself, “Will this keep me on my path or will it send me off in another direction?” I am human, of course, so sometimes I take temporary detours, but I know my destination, and I recover through my daily practices.
So how do we find a path and choose to stay on it? Here are a few of my suggestions:
- Get the fire going.
In looking for your path, please do not look outside yourself to find it. It is inside you just waiting to be realized. In The Practice, we begin the day with the first part of my three-part guide by “Waking Up,” or meditating. When sitting each morning in meditation, we get in touch with our path, our Truth.
When you sit with yourself in quiet, you have the ability to connect with the light in your heart—your passion. Little by little, this light will illuminate your personal path and get the fire going in your gut, heading you in the direction of your dreams.
- Rein in a wandering mind.
As you start to uncover your deepest desire, do not let your mind tell you it is not real. When you begin interacting with the external world, your mind will say things like, What are you thinking? You can’t do that! Reining in the mind’s thoughts takes vigilance, so this is where the second part of The Practice, Living Present, comes to the rescue.
Throughout the day, bring your mind back to the present moment by placing your attention on whatever you are doing. When it wanders, use a Sacred Mantra to connect within, bringing you back to the moment and place where you can live your Truth.
- Make peace with your choices.
When the day is done, you have temporarily reached a stopping point on your journey, a place to rest. Just as you began the day in silence with yourself, you will do the same in the third part of The Practice: Letting Go.
Before going to sleep, reflect on the day and make peace with all the experiences and choices you made that day (whether they kept you steady on your path or you happened to waver). Then let the day go with the intention of sleeping in peace.
Life is not one long monotonous thread—it winds around, offering us unlimited choices and directions in which to go. When each day has a clear beginning, middle, and end, we have the opportunity to live with greater depth and presence. We discover that we have everything we need deep within to live our greatest and most magnificent life by following our chosen path! Just go in and open the door!