#QOTD - The Way of the Heart

The word courage is very interesting. It comes from a Latin root cor, which means ‘heart’. So to be courageous means to live with the heart. And weaklings, only weaklings, live with the head; afraid, they create a security of logic around themselves. Fearful, they close every window and door – with theology, concepts, words, theories – and inside those closed doors and windows, they hide.

The way of the heart is the way of courage. It is to live in insecurity; it is to live in love, and trust; it is to move in the unknown. It is leaving the past and allowing the future to be. Courage is to move on dangerous paths. Life is dangerous, and only cowards can avoid the danger – but then, they are already dead. A person who is alive, really alive, vitally alive, will always move into the unknown. There is danger there, but he will take the risk. The heart is always ready to take the risk, the heart is a gambler. The head is a businessman. The head always calculates – it is cunning. The heart is non-calculating.
— Osho

Inspirational passages and quotes from philosophers, writers, yogis, friends have always helped me reflect so I'm going to start posting some of my favourites up here on my blog. This quote is relevant to me because I consistently try really hard to be mindful, live lightly and simply, and to put myself in situations that will help me grow. I recently did something that I feared for a long time. I won't go into detail on what it was, but it was painful and gave me a lot of anxiety over the course of several weeks. It was probably the hardest thing I've ever done but I'm glad I was brave enough to go through with it. For me, facing my weakness head-on was incredibly uncomfortable but I knew it was the only way I could truly learn to let go of things that were holding me back. 

It's easy to avoid uncomfortable situations or to run away when something difficult comes up. Not knowing where the path leads is always scary and something that people tend to avoid, but this quote is a great reminder to why we need to move into the unknown in order to truly live life full of experiences that shape and help us see the world with a larger perspective.

As a student in my last year of university, a lot of people in my life right now are trying to plan out their "life plan". It's a cause of stress and can really tire us students out. To those that are unsure of what's next, remind yourself that it's okay. There is no need to rush or force anything. Our lives don't have to be all planned and mapped out. Where would the fun in that be? Embrace the unknown. Free yourself from the fear that holds you back. Instead, take advantage of not knowing what's next. There is a time for logic and reason, but never forget to truly listen to your heart and emotions (cliché but true!). Regardless of the decisions you make (either with your head or your heart), it's never ever too late to start all over again, or to completely change your dreams.