Does this path have a heart? (stolen from Adam Myerson)

Does your path have a heart?

Ever notice how some things pop up at the most opportune times? Perhaps it is just being sensitive to it, but I truly feel that the timing on this one is great.

I had a female friend Ally and my new neighbor Matt over last night. We chatted about any number of life’s issues over beer and port. Ally stayed after, and we talked about her pursuing massage therapy. I had a lot to say about it, for having devoted most of my youth and young adult life to dance, I was extremely familiar with the connection between the body, heart, and mind. It felt so good to talk about those connections between the body and emotions, and how liberating it is tap into that, work with it, help others through tough transitions via their physical (and hence emotional) health.

The human body and all it can do, both positive and negative, has always been my fascination. Speaking of a path with heart, I think being on vacation makes me wonder about all kinds of things. I am trying to plan out my next couple of years (residency) and where I need to go, how I want to live my life, what I want to be doing on a daily basis and 5 years down the line, etc.

My heart is in it, but I am also feeling a bit run-down, and I need to figure out what is wearing me down. What am I chasing in my life that isn’t fulfilling me?

While I love pharmacy and all that I will be able to do, part of me wishes I could have just gone to massage therapy school and studied those things that put my heart at ease. I have been told I am a healer, and while my family would say that is not so, I believe it’s true. I have lost touch with that, partially because I haven’t been working on healing myself first. I can’t help others without first helping myself. So, here we go….. on the path with heart. It doesn’t matter where it goes as long as it was meaningful along the way.

Tip o’ the hat to Adam Myerson for posting this:

Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is not affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition.

I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old person asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young, and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I do understand it.

I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart?

All paths are the same, they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor’s question has meaning now. “Does this path have a heart?” One makes you strong; the other weakens you.

The trouble is nobody asks the question: and when a person finally realizes that they have taken a path without heart, the path is ready to kill them. At that point very few people stop to deliberate and leave the path.

A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.

For my part there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length.

And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly.

– Don Juan

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