If you’ve ever taken my class, you know one of my favorite cues for push-ups is “lead with your heart”. I firmly believe that we must live our lives with our hearts guiding us. Often times we can feel stuck, knowing that where we are in work, life, relationships -- {the list goes on} -- is not quite where we would like to be. When I am feeling overwhelmed or unsure of my next plan of action, here are THREE things I do. 

ONE)   I divide my year up into “semesters” – think seasons: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring. Often times, I want to do everything but there is simply not enough time. If a juicy opportunity comes along, I may need to shift priorities around if I feel like the opportunity cannot wait.

TWO)   I sit with my potential decision for a few days + try to feel with my heart. When I think of the next step, does my heart beat faster with excitement or anxiety? This helps me figure out if I say “yea” or “nay”.

THREE)   I look to others for support. I recently attended a “Self-Care” workshop led by Hannah Bornstein (@hanroseb) for fitness professionals + learned useful tools to keep my mind, body + spirit shining bright. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Another piece of leading with your heart is touching other people’s lives. I strive to live my life in service of others. Recently, I attended a yoga class where this passage closed out Savasana. Today, I will leave it with you as I hope you will dive into July with purpose and of course, lead with your heart. // 

Whatever our hands touch,

We leave fingerprints... On walls, on furniture

On doorknobs, dishes, books

As we touch we leave our identity.

Oh please, where ever I go today

Help me leave heart prints.

Heart prints of compassion,

Of understanding and love.

Heart prints of kindness

and genuine concern.

May my heart touch a lonely neighbor

Or a runaway daughter,

Or an anxious mother

Or, perhaps, a dear friend.

I shall go out today

To leave heart prints.

And if someone should say

I felt your touch... May that one sense be

YOUR Love.

-- Author Unknown