How to Choose a Path With a Heart

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In the popular book series from Carlos Castaneda, the character of Don Juan Matus often advises and stresses the importance of choosing and following a path with a heart:

Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary.” Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan.

But what exactly does it mean to choose a path with a heart and how do we tell?

Writer and life coach Kajal Pandey explored this question in a recent article published on the Huffington Post earlier today.

What if we walked our path? What if we committed to the journey? What if we didn’t try to make ourselves wrong for wanting to do it differently? What if we fed the curiosities and nudges?

What if we could know for sure what our path is?

After attempting to answer these questions through her own personal experiences and unique perspective, Mrs. Pandey leaves us with the following advice to help guide us in determining whether we are on a path with a heart – or if we might be better off exploring new avenues:

Remember these three E’s: expansive. exciting. energizing.

Whatever path you’re on right now and you’re questioning if it really is your path, then ask yourself these empowering questions“:

Is what I am doing feel expansive?

Is what I am doing feel exciting?

Is what I am doing feel energizing?

For further reflections on this topic and to find more explanations on the 3 E’s above, follow this link to the original material.

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Ben Baker is the communication officer and content editor for the team here at Science of Zen. His interest in personal growth topics range from mindfulness, meditation, neuroscience, performance psychology and natural health.