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I listen to these and like them not only because they are powerful and relevant but because I can play my own music while I listen.
Do what you love
Enjoy all of your life
Clear the clutter
Cook delicious meals
Enrich family life
Learn to love
and be loved
Live abundantly on your income
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I talked to a woman who had been very gifted in music, but
who hadn't pursued it as an adult. "I am afraid of failing,"
she said, but as we talked further, she admitted in the
quiet tones of held back truth, that she felt like a failure
now. She felt tired and angry, out of sorts with her life. I
don't blame her. It takes more effort to create a life you
don't want than to create the life you crave.
An unused gift is a keg of dynamite. It's dangerous. It
leaks out and begins to poison you. It haunts your cells
with a hoarse song, "use me or die, use me or die." Your
gifts are powerful energy sources. It takes so much energy
to hold back life. It hurts to choose smallness. It hurts to
let yourself down in secret ways, muffling the cries that no
one else hears. It hurts to resist the evolutionary instinct
within you to grow, express, go beyond survival and thrive,
and stake your one true place upon this planet.
Brother David Stendl Ross said "The answer to exhaustion is
not rest. It's wholeheartedness." Doesn't that make you sit
up straight or want to volunteer to be put on active duty in
your life? I know it's true. After I left a high paced legal
career, I spent a year napping, and wandering in my own home
like a small child lost at the mall. I'd keep seeing
familiar things, but I couldn't find any bearing. I felt
exhausted and burdened and overwhelmed. Finally, I realized
that I was "resting" in order to avoid myself. I wasn't
exhausted by my efforts in life, but by my lack of efforts -
my lack of dedication to do the things that mattered most to
An unused gift (or one you don't take all the way to
harvest) will quietly annihilate your life. I think it's a
national threat. I think the Surgeon General should put it
up there with smoking cigarettes, asbestos, uranium, and,
maybe, mean small-spirited people who run for office. It's
not that you'll keel over because you didn't start taking
photographs or take the trip you always wanted to take. But
you will walk off kilter. Your heart will beat with labor as
though it has to pick up an extra thousand pounds. Your hair
may be brittle and your voice will crack when you say your
name. There is something unrighteous about not singing your
song, doing what you came here to do. And it can change this
minute, this very second. You can choose to love yourself
I urge you to do what you love and share it, now. Speak for
free about a cause you believe in. Paint cards and give them
to someone. Get out of the mentality that it has to end up
in a gallery or you have to get paid a certain amount of
money for it to be worth it. You are worth so much more than
that kind of limited thinking. Besides, you can't imagine
the capacities, passports, and shooting stars you deny
yourself by withholding your love.
I remember speaking one night at a small church in
Minneapolis. I led a meditation, a spontaneous prayer. It
felt right, as though a melody and harmony came together in
a song I didn't know I would sing. Let's face it, I'm a
Jewish girl from Brooklyn, so this didn't seem the kind of
thing I would spread on my bagel, so to speak. Not only
that, but I'm a finely tuned logical instrument trained at
Harvard Law School, so this spiritual, surrender, go into
the big union-fest kind of thing wasn't originally on my
tour itinerary. But the experience was bigger than my
thoughts about myself. The feeling was definitive, even if
I had no definition. "I will do this," I heard myself say
in the inner sanctum of my being. "I will say yes." I knew I
was saying yes to leading, serving, honoring this small
voice within me, a voice that used a different alphabet and
octave of possibility, and spelled things out in whole new
ways. It made no sense to my "practical" self. There was
no money to be had here, no fame or recognition. There was
nothing I'd submit to my alumni magazine in a billion years
or share at a networking group or even a backyard barbecue.
Still, I felt as though I was saying yes to bigger
questions. I was saying yes to a larger game. I didn't know
what I was saying yes to, but the act of saying yes, felt
like love of a higher order. I felt as though Spirit was
asking me, will you play for my Team? Yes, maybe, I should
have asked about the benefits package, but I was teeming
with benefits at the time, and feeling something I'd never
want to retire from. The questions spread through my cells:
Will you trust this goodness? Will you spread light? Will
you follow your guidance and ignore the fears and
instructions of the world? Will you bless everyone you can
by doing what you love? I said yes, then, and I still do.
Oh and I'll tell you this. There are so many gifts that come
from doing what you love. It's a joke to me that people
think they will be poor by following something infinite,
invincible, and alive within them. I want to tell them about
the increased energy, immunity, clarity and peace. I want to
tell them about the ridiculous synchronicities and elves and
extra cherries in their cherry bowl. I want to reassure them
that they'll shine in colors invisible to the human eye, but
not to the human heart; and it's inevitable that everyone
wants to hire someone who glows.
Mostly I want to tell them about the love. It's a love that
has a texture and a depth and a fragrance like nothing else.
It's a love that makes the axis of the earth finally tilt in
your direction. It's a love that makes all things possible,
and nothing necessary. Of course, that love is intangible,
but bear in mind that every good thing on this planet
started with a delicate desire and a great amount of love.
Also, you may think love is intangible, as in insubstantial,
but let me say this. No tangible item, income or substance,
nothing in this whole world or universe, will ever make up
for its absence.
Please take care of your energy. I am amazed at how much
money we will pump into taking care of our bodies, while we
casually and consciously ignore our souls. I watch people go
on health kicks. They drink wheat grass for God's sake,
while refusing to play the piano or read about starting a
yoga studio, or whatever else they long to do. Why pop a
thousand vitamins and supplements if you're swallowing
poison every night? It's poison to tolerate the boredom, the
loneliness, and the relentless haunting. When you do what
you love, the loneliness ends. A part of yourself holds and
loves you as you have never been loved before.
I'm not saying you have to quit your job or move to New York
City to dance on Broadway. Start small, because believe me,
there are no small steps. Every step you take to honor your
dreams is huge. Take 10 minutes and sing, write, brainstorm
about your vision or ideal business, meditate, or journal or
do the one thing you know would make all the difference to
you to do. You know what it is. Start this very second. Or
do what it takes to kick start yourself. Go on a weekend
retreat. Go to the ends of the earth. Hire a coach, a
therapist , a lion tamer or a medicine man or anyone who
will tie you down to the mast of your ship, and help you
ignore the Sirens, if that's what it takes. Please do
whatever it takes to be wholehearted. Save your life and
transport it, all at the same time, in this lifetime.
An unused gift is a keg of dynamite. It can blow up your
life. But if you use it wisely, it can blast through
limitations. It can blast through dimensions and galaxies.
It can blast through resistance, guilt, doubts, fears, and
the sad illusion that you ever had to struggle or be adrift
in any way. It can be a blast.
(Join Me at the Omega Institute August 13-15 for Unleashing
Your Calling: Create the Work and Life You Love! Or again at
Kripalu in the Berkshire Mountains during leaf changing
season, October 11-15)
Love and blessings, Tama
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