Your thoughts speak so loudly you can hardly hear the call of your soul.

This morning, as always, we finished my wife Lucia’s yoga class with a shared meditation. At the end of this period of silence, while our eyes were still closed, Lucia asked one question: “Which part of your body do you love most?”

For me, two voices spoke. First I heard the one which said, “Of course you love all parts of your body, or at least you should.” Let’s call this the ‘should’ or the ‘must’ voice which speaks for the ego and reflects all the experiences and memories of your life, for better or worse, both positive and negative.

There was also a still but quietly insistent voice which seemed to emanate from the centre of my being. It simply said, “Your heart.”

It is this still, calm voice which, when listened to, guides us unerringly and effortlessly through life. This voice is always there, but is often drowned out by the cacophony of noisy thoughts within us.

In being present, truly present, that avalanche of noisy thoughts begins to dissolve, allowing us to hear the calm, guiding presence that is always with us, patiently waiting for our attention.

Listen, deeply listen. Your soul is gently calling with infinite patience. Isn’t it time to heed that call?

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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life. 

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