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Finding Your Heaven Within: Lessons from a Soulful Conversation

inner peace inner power resilience self-discovery self-mastery self-reflection Jun 12, 2023

We live In a world where we are often chasing after something external – success, validation, material possessions – I included. The truth is that we have everything inside us to create the reality we want. It's a refreshing perspective to turn inwards and find our heaven where we are. I love the conversation Ollie Gabriel and I have frequently - we are sparring partners lifting each other.

Today he reminded me, "Create your heaven where you are. Find everything within you,"  He mentioned the story of the protagonist of The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, the shepherd who went away from home to find a treasure; he discovered it when he returned home. It was hidden, where he started his journey. This simple yet profound philosophy prompts us to shift our focus from external pursuits to self-discovery. It's about recognizing that our power to shape our reality lies within us.

Ollie shared three introspective questions he regularly asks himself:

  1. What am I chasing?
  2. What am I not facing?
  3. What am I replacing?

These questions are powerful tools for self-exploration, pushing us to be honest about our desires, fears, and the voids we're trying to fill.

What am I chasing? This question calls us to examine our goals. Are they genuinely ours or imposed by societal standards or someone else's expectations? (What I call the Thinkable Life, in my book Unthinkable)

What am I not facing? It nudges us to confront our fears and obstacles. Ignoring them won't make them disappear; facing them leads to growth and resilience.

What am I replacing? Are we chasing things to replace what we feel is missing within us? Recognizing this can help us focus on nurturing our inner selves.

As we navigate life's high and low tides, these introspective questions can ground us, offering a compass to steer by. They prompt us to shift our focus inward, fostering a deeper understanding of ourselves and encouraging the creation of our unique heaven right where we are.

Remember, your power lies within you. You can create your heaven. And it starts with facing yourself, understanding your motivations, and nurturing your inner self.

So, go ahead. Ask yourself these questions. It may lead to the most enlightening conversation you'll ever have – the one with yourself.

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