These wonderful messages came to me recently and I thought I’d share them:

Listen to your heart. Even though it’s on the left side, it’s always right.
~Lessons Learned in Life@FB

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.
>~Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)

If you make your relationship with your Inner Being your top priority, and you deliberately choose thoughts that allow your alignment, you will consistently offer the greatest advantage to the others with whom you interact. Only when you are aligned with your Source do you have anything to offer another. If your behavior is influenced by your desire to keep another person happy, you will lose your Connection to your Source. And it is not possible for you to be happy unless you are in alignment with your Source. Without that alignment, you have nothing to offer another. Our daily meditation process will help you to consistently release resistance and to come into alignment with the power and clarity and love that is really who-you-are—and then anyone who you hold as your object of attention will benefit. Rather than attempting the impossible task of trying to behave in ways that please others, show them the ease of finding your consistent alignment. You will always find happiness inside your Vortex. And the happiness that they are seeking is inside their Vortex.

Why am I suddenly getting these messages from the Universe? There must be a reason. Well, sure! All my life I’ve been conditioned to live my life to please and serve other people, to make them happy and to help them in whatever way I can, in order to be a “good person.” Anything less would amount to being “selfish” and “ego-centric.” Well, at least that what my parental/cultural education has been. About 10 years ago I started the process of looking into my own heart to find what was there that I could claim to be my own. There was very little original thinking and feeling. It was all chatters from the important people in my life, especially my mom. And most of her chatters surrounded the themes of responsibility, filial piety, worldly success, selfless service and the opinion that I was never good enough.

Fast forward, I have mostly succeeded in shunning such chatters in my mind now. I have, for the most part, stopped worrying about what other people think of me and just keep my eyes on what I want for myself and do the things that are important to me. I don’t mind ridicules anymore. In fact, I have become quite thick-faced from practice. However, the most deeply ingrained idea of self sacrificial service is still there, haunting my everyday life, sometimes to my detriment. There must be a way of making other people happy without sacrificing the self, right? Right… that’s what Abraham’s message is about.

My husband, by contrast, always follows his heart—he has been doing so relentlessly since he was a toddler. He seems to always know what he wants and never compromises, and he is one happy soul.

There is a reason why my mom and my husband—such contrasting people that they are—are in my life. The contrast serves to show me how important it is to align myself with my heart’s desires. Since I am still aggravated and suffering in my daily life as a result of my tendancey to bypass my heart sometimes, it is about time for me to fine-tune my alignment and to do so gently so I’ll take better care of myself.