I am Swathi, a software engineer, mother of a 3 year old, an empath, a dancer, an avid reader and a hardcore foodie. I am an atheist turned spiritual and was drawn towards spirituality, back in 2011.
Livin' By Heart is a humble attempt to spread the message of the new heart era that will soon dawn on the planet. It`s the doorway to heartful living: A life that`s lived through the heart which is the most enriching and fulfilling one.
I had been doing a lot of inner work since more than a decade, and one of the daily rituals was poring over innumerable self-help, spiritual, and philosophical books. I was trying to find answers to existential questions. But somehow theoretical knowledge was not enough. I needed something practical and scientific.
Even though I was introduced to heart based meditation practice (the heartfulness meditation) 10 years ago, I had only been practicing it religiously since the last 3 years and my life tremendously changed since then. Slowly I realized the necessity of listening to one`s heart while making decisions and its role in driving one`s life towards its true purpose.
Finally, it was my heart and heart alone that inspired me to write down my experiences, perspectives on life, various tried and tested motivational and spiritual practices, and present it here.
Whatever content you find here are information or my own life experiences that has helped me in developing the following:
Letting go of the need to control life
Work with the heart to lead a meaningful life and act from a space of LOVE
Connect with life`s true purpose and live the same.
I believe that, even though it looks as though we all are treading different paths in our life journeys, our destination is one and the same. The more we realize this, the closer we are getting to our true authentic self!!
Do you know the star fish story?
Original Story by: Loren Eisley
Early one morning, an old man was walking along the beach, when he noticed a boy occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.
As the boy came closer, the following conversation happened:
Old man: “May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The boy: “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves. When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
Old man: “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said,
“It made a difference to that one!”
I believe how much ever small our contribution is, if our efforts bring solace to the heart of at least one star fish, out of the hundreds, we have definitely made a difference!!!
And trust me, this small positive change has the capacity to trigger a ripple effect, that has the potential to affect another thousands indirectly, the impact of which you will never be able to comprehend.
So, just throw your worries about the results of your action out of the window and keep doing what your heart says.
कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन । मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भुर्मा ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ॥
Your right is to perform your work, but never to the results. Never be motivated by the results of your actions, nor should you be attached to not performing your prescribed duties.
Bhagavad Gita (Chapter II, Verse 47)