Many of my friends and clients have marveled at how I live my life
( work, books,poetry,music etc ) with so much passion . So I have
decided to kick off the new year by sharing my seven prerequisites
for living your life with passion .
- YOU MUST LOVE AND RESPECT YOURSELF
By loving yourself I mean giving full and honest expression of
your deepest feelings regardless of the risks.
- YOU MUST TAKE RISKS
You cannot tap into your passion if you are careful or controlled
by the ego's need for outer validation versus inner validation.
- YOU MUST LIVE YOUR DREAMS
People who live their dreams , as I do, reflect a special inner
glow, aura and passion.
- YOU MUST CONQUER FEAR
By defeating fear I mean you can feel fear but you must not let
yourself be controlled by it.
- YOU MUST SAY YES TO YOURSELF
When you say yes to yourself you are in sync with your destiny
whereas saying no to yourself is the ultimate self-negation.
- YOU MUST MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Making a difference means being in service to a greater humanitarian
need than the ego's self-serving needs.
- YOU MUST BE INNER DIRECTED
By being inner directed I mean being willing
to stand alone and have faith in yourself even
at the risk of those closest to you not
So there you have it but Pema Chodon says
virtually the same thing much more simply:
If your everyday practice is to open to all
your emotions, to all the people you meet ,
to all the situations you encounter, without
closing down, trusting that you can do that -
then that will take you as far as you can go .
And then you will understand all the teachings
that anyone has ever taught .
So living your life with passion is really being totally present
and in the moment all the time and having complete faith in yourself
and your destiny.
It's quite a responsibility !
But isn't that why we all chose to be here on this
ONLY LOVE HEALS