In the book The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, Paulo Coehlo explores the concept of what is your legend. As the main character, Santiago travels through desert and mountains to find his legend.
He encounters his heart at every step of the way. Until finally he realizes his personal legend, his story, his being, is tied to his search for mystery.
And then he is shown that the mystery is his own heart. How many of us take the time to realize we are chasing something illusory? That all along our metaphorical backyard is truly deep inside of us. So what is your legend?
How much of our lives is spent chasing shiny lights, only to not feel a sense of fulfillment? If I do this, then this will happen, kind of two-step dance.
The older I get, the more I am realizing the simplicity of that question. Indeed, it is so beautifully simple. The adage of all we need is in our backyard is the ironic cliche of truth. How often have we heard that cliche and totally disregarded it?
Except that it is not in the backyard, it is deep inside our hearts. It is the beating heart of our own symphony. It is the love we choose to share and live. It is the beauty of being.
The idea of having our own legend is not egocentric. It is heart- centric. Each moment is a gift of feeling simple love and connection.
For instance, this morning I looked out into the winter scene and instead of thinking how cold it is, I was awed by the beauty of how the light played on the bare tree limbs.
And I felt that shift of joy, that choice to see the beauty.
So here is a meditation to help us to be in that place of feeling our connection to your own legacy.
MEDITATION for what is your legend?
Looking for our own legend means that we are willing to open the channels of listening to the heartbeat of our soul. It is the place where truth is the ruler, and heart is the guide.
Let’s try this meditation to acknowledge our own truth, and legend.
Please do get yourself into a comfortable position. If you are comfortable in a sitting position on the floor or sitting in a chair. It does not matter.
Just be comfortable. So you can focus on this process.
Take three breaths to cleanse your body. And slowly exhale on each breath.
When you are ready, fold your hands in your lap.
Now, take one more breath, and visualize this next breath going deep into your heart.
See the breath enter your heart. Feel it in your heart. Notice the sensations. How does it feel? Warm? cool? comfortable? Does it have color?
As our breath is traveling deep inside our hearts, feel a sense of opening and expansive growing.
In this space of expansiveness there is a great opening, It is our heart merging with the Universe.
This moment is where we enter our own legend.
The legend of living in our own heart.
Take another breath and say:
I am the heart beat of the Universe.
Say this 10 times.
Feel the changes happening in your body.
Visualize how connected we are to the Universe.
Feel your heart beat in unison with the Universe.
“I am one, I am my own Legend.
I am the love and the heart beat of the Universe.
I am my own Legend, for I walk in love.”
Let me know how this works for you.
I have found just saying these words takes me to heights and inner joy that I am so grateful to experience.
HOW DO WE DEFINE LEGEND
Legend has been defined in many ways. How do you define it? “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist .
The question is are we willing to live our own legend?
Scott Dinsmore of Live your Legend, was very young when he realized that Life was not just following and creating wealth. But instead it was about creating your own legacy of legend.
So he began the site Live your Legend. And although he sadly died young. He did more in his young life that most do an entire life. He lived life with zeal and zest.
And he advocated community at the center of success. He believed that when we could inspire each other to find our passion and connect, we were changing the world as well as changing ourselves.
Dinsmore found out that those that are inspired found these 3 things in common:
1. Become a self expert and do self discovery. Embrace who you are and become a self experimenter. What do we like, what do we do best. Use your own compass, what is driving you and most important. What are your natural strengths.
The more time we spend on our strengths the more we grow. Values, strengths, experiences. What has inspired you. Write down what inspires you. Once you write down all the ideas then you can put together and see the path more clearly. You can grow your life and legacy. Defining your own success comes when you know your own strengths.
2. Do the impossible. Make progress. Do simple things, like lose weight. Knowing you can do this, you can then create things that you thought was not possible. Give ourselves a chance to show what we are capable of. When you start small and then build you will be amazed that we can do things we did not think we were capable of.
3. Surround yourself with inspiring and passionate people. If you are around people who are high performers it changes the way you show up for yourself.
So what is your legend? What do you want from the moment, this life?
7 STEPS TO DISCOVERY of Living Your Legend
1. The courage to listen to your own inner voice
2. Taking time to sit with yourself
3. Learning how to be in the present
4. No attachment to outcomes
5. Experiencing from a place of love
6. Determining how YOU inspire Yourself
7. Discovering the soul of the world is you
WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR OWN LEGEND
1. Create Community of like-minded people who support your Purpose
2. Seek out new experiences
3. Be of service
4. Make Change happen starting from within
5. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and into your Heart-centric place
Creating our own legacy and legend is truly having the courage to know who we are. It is the step by step walk to inner growth and understanding. And we all know how it feels to be around inspiring people. It lifts us up within seconds.
We can be that person to ourselves and others. When we are willing and knowing, we can make this happen.
And how inspiring is it to know we are that person?
So let’s do this. Let’s live our legend.
Forge our own path and see how our heart-centric living paves the way for our own growth and those around us.
Are you in? I want to hear how your journey is shaping up. What is exciting you? What did you learn about yourself and your strengths?
YES WE CAN!
I am so happy you stopped by.
In peace and gratitude,
Founder and CEO: success-full-living.com,
living one heart-centric moment at a time!