Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

by Melody Beattie

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ISBN-13: 9780062511218
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/18/2010
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 13,123
Product dimensions: 11.02(w) x 1.12(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Melody Beattie is the New York Times bestselling author of Codependent No More, Beyond Codependency, and The Lessons of Love.

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January I

Honor the Beginning

Beginnings can be delicate or explosive. They can start almost invisibly or arrive with a big bang. Beginnings hold the promise of new lessons to be learned, new territory to be explored, and old lessons to be recalled, practiced, and appreciated. Beginnings hold ambiguity, promise, fear, and hope.

Don't let the lessons, the experiences of the past, dampen your enthusiasm for beginnings. Just because it's been hard doesn't mean it will always be that difficult. Don't let the heartbreaks of the past cause you to become cynical, close you off to life's magic and promise. Open yourself wide to all that the universe has to say.

Let yourself begin anew. Pack your bags. Choose carefully what you bring, because packing is an important ritual. Take along some humility and the lessons of the past. Toss in some curiosity and excitement about what you haven't yet learned. Say your good-byes to those you're leaving behind. Don't worry who you will meet or where you will go. The way has been prepared. The people you are to meet will be expecting you. A new journey has begun. Let it be magical. Let it unfold.

All parts of the journey are sacred and holy.

Take time now to honor the beginning.

J A N U A R Y 2

Map Your Own journey

Go on your own journey. Don't let others hold you back; don't hold them back. Don't judge their ourney, and don't let them judge yours.

All persons are free to have the experiences their souls lead them to. Many of us started our journey by having the experiences others thought we should. Some of us tried to dictate the lessons and adventures ofothers, too. This caused pain and confusion for all. Learning those lessons, the lessons of setting each other free, became an important part of our journey But now we're on to a new part.

Pack your bags. Get out your map. Don't worry about where you'll go and what you'll see. Go where your heart leads. Your soul knows the way. It will speak quietly through the voice of your heart, your wisdom, your intuition. Listen to the voice, the quiet voice within, that assures you you're safe. You will meet and learn from everyone you need to along the way. Don't limit your own experiences. Don't limit the experiences of those you love, or those you meet along the way.

Start today to follow your heart.

Map out your own journey.

Have the adventure of a lifetime.

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Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
claraone More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is so uplifting. To me reading a few pages of this book is the most wonderful way to end a day. Guaranteed relaxation and good mood for a great night sleep. So much food for your thoughts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter bought this wonderful book for me in the year 2000. I have read and re-read this inspirational book every year since. What a blessing this book has been to me and now she has her own book. It continues to bless us each day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after my daughter was killed (1992) and a 26-yr marriage ended (1996)finding myself alone. I clung to these 'short & simple thoughts'each day focusing & incorporating them throughout my day. Since 1991 I have written notes, experiences (healing & painful)and my own encouragements along the books' column as reminders of how far I've come. Life-saving!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book merely by accident at a used book store. Of course, nothing is EVER an accident, is it? This is a beautifully written book, and I have already given it to several friends as a gift. You can read a passage every day (great way to start the day!), or just pick it up when you feel you need it. Her messages are comforting and inspiring, uplifting, and thought provoking. If you ever feel you have lost your way on your path, pick up this book, and Melody will help you see that everything is all part of your unique journey, and you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Truly a gem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book somehow manages to have just the right directions everyday to move me forward in my Journey to the Heart. Each day I read the story for the day. I keep the thought for the day and it keeps my heart pumping and open to all the joy life has to offer. She guides you to find the joy that may be buried underneath life's troubles. She taught me that challenges are really just opportunities to grow. I hope you love it as much as I do. Sit back and enjoy the journey!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I start my day by taking a few minutes to read the daily meditation. Food for thought and energy for the day. It is worth the few minutes to bring your spirits up and to look into your soul.
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I was glad that the daily meditations were so short. They were boring. It doesn't inspire you to become a better person or look at life differently or even give you something to think about during the day. Basically the whole book can be summed up by saying 'Simplify your life.' Sometimes life is not simple and if you try 'Stop, smell flowers and look at your reflection in the pond' things fall through the cracks. Not everyone is on a permanent vacation. Give us something that will give us energy, inspiration, a challenge, and hope.