What does it take to be successful?
What does success mean in the first place?
How can I set myself up for a fulfilling and fruitful life?
Where does happiness come from and how can I attain it?
What does it take to have inner peace? To love life? To live with joy?
These are some of the most common questions we ask ourselves, but instead of looking for the answers where they are, we bang our heads against the wall, trying to force answers that are not actually answers at all.
We chase wealth, for example, when it is the feeling of freedom we seek.
We chase fame, when we just want to be seen.
We demand people to act a certain way, when what we want is to feel safe.
We overload our bodies with mind-altering substances, when we’re seeking happy.
And when it comes to learning HOW we can feel free, seen, safe, and happy, we look for the answers in all the wrong places. We look for them in processes and tactics we can deploy. We read books that teach us how to make more money, how to build a social media following, how to get people to do what we want them to do, and how to be more fit physically.
Then, at some point, we reach our goals. We accumulate the wealth, we are recognized for our contributions to the world, people do what we want them to do, and we sculpt our bodies into our ideal of beauty, and still…. we are miserable.
There is still a gaping hole within us.
We still feel unworthy.
We still feel alone and unlovable.
We still struggle to connect with ourselves and with others.
But now, there is nothing more to chase, and it’s easy to assume that life is empty and pointless.
If you’ve ever been there, you know how defeating this feeling of helplessness is. So what is the solution? Where are the true answers we are seeking?
This week on the Unleash Your Peace podcast (iTunes, Spotify, Podbean), I explore this topic with the help of my 9-year-old niece and competitive dancer, Launa Shahrestani, who has been inspiring me for years with her dedication and wisdom.
Children have great wisdom. I believe this is because children are closer to the Source of our Beingness than we are as adults.
They have not yet learned to make conditional.
They have not yet started doubting and blocking their intuition.
They have not yet started to cater to their fears.
Here’s a quote from her that gives you an idea of the profound and simple wisdom Launa shares in this episode:
“If you want to do something in your heart, just go for it. It’ll take you somewhere good.”
— Launa Shahrestani
To follow Launa’s dance journey, be sure to to root for at The Chavarria Institute of the Arts.