A few years ago, I visited my parents in Chile – a place they escape to for six months every year to avoid the cold German winters. My dad grew up in that beautiful South American country and I went to high school there in the 70s.

While visiting, I had the opportunity to talk to my aunts who are well into their 70s and who’ve lived interesting and rich lives. “What advice can you give me,” I asked them, “on living a significant life?”

“Always do what makes you happy,” aunt Ilse replied. “Life is too short to spend on worries and fears. And besides, things always work out in the end.”

“You know those moments when an opportunity arises and you tell yourself, nah?” said aunt Grete. “Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Instead, say yes.”

Listening to an audio book by Caroline Myss the other day, I was reminded of my aunt Grete’s advice. Caroline Myss calls it the capacity to say yes. “The power to create,” she says, “is a living discipline, a wheel, that’s always in motion. Creating with the divine is a constant internal dynamic.”

She takes it even further and claims that when we receive messages of inspiration, it’s the voice of our soul giving us guidance and that our best course of action is to follow it.

 

How Do We Recognize the Voice of Our Soul?

 

Have you ever waited for a big revelation, a clear sign from the universe, to tell you that you are on the right path in life? What happened?

What we often fail to notice is that big aha moments rarely occur and that what truly shapes our lives is the subtle messages of our soul, the inconspicuous signs that guide us every minute of every day. And when we learn to read and follow those signs, our lives change in the most astonishing ways.

It can be as simple as paying attention to the seemingly minor activities that you keep putting off; stuff you really want to do, but somehow never get to. Maybe you wish to visit with a dear friend, clean out your linen closet, or start a morning practice.

 

Follow the Voice of Your Soul

 

Those messages are coming from your soul. Follow them. Start saying yes to them. Stop putting them off. Take a break, meet with your friend, take time for your kids, delve into that mesmerizing novel. Life keeps distracting us from what’s really important – and in not following through, we get frustrated and worn down.

What if you knew for sure that listening to your soul leads to happiness, eternal bliss, and abundance? Would you follow it then?

There is only one way to find out.

That’s why my husband and I decided to say yes to the inspirations we receive for one week. By the end of the week, we’ll compare notes to see what happened. It’s a new approach to dealing with opportunities that come our way. Instead of casting them off as irrelevant, we’ll take immediate action.

Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder said yes to her life for a full year. She actually took it a step further and said yes to all the things that terrified her. In her book, “Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person”, she reveals how saying yes changed her life. It’s extraordinary.

So, if you think that saying yes to the subtle voice of your soul will have a positive impact on your life, I invite you to follow it for one week and see what happens.

And please, tell us about your revelations in the comments below. We’d love to find out how saying yes electrifies your life!

As always, thank you for reading.

Karin

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