“What is your passion? What is it that consumes you and fills you with wonder? What is it which, while you are doing it sets your soul on fire? Do you know? Good. So what are you waiting for?” ~ SSHenry
Have you noticed that there are some things that set your soul on fire? I’m not talking about the warm fuzzy feelings you get when you do something well or the low smolder of contentment when someone tells you how much they appreciate what you do or what a good job you’ve done. I’m not even talking about that glow that comes from connecting with someone or doing something that you find truly fascinating.
What I’m talking about are the full-on forest fires of passion.
The kind of intense heat that sears you from the inside out and fills your heart up with such wonder and awe and joy that you feel as if there is no possible way to contain it, only instead of spontaneously combusting the fires that fuel this passion sharpen your focus and bring out the very best of who and what you are.
Musicians will know exactly what I am talking about; the way that the music grabs you and pulls you in and fills your head and you know that you are playing the best you ever have but you couldn’t explain why or how – it just happens. You become the music. You are the music. There is no way to separate yourself from the rhythm; from the notes; from the melody that works its way into every particle of your being.
Artists too understand this passion, and writers; the way that you get caught up in the colors or shapes or words and how it is almost as if you are channeling something outside of yourself. You are no longer in control of the brush; of the keyboard; it comes to life through your fingers. You look up from your canvass or computer screen to find that hours have gone by without your having the least awareness of it. For a brief time you become your work and when you emerge and look at what it is that you have done you can see your very soul worked into very brush stroke and woven into every word.
I’m not just talking about the zone; the moment described by many athletes where everything falls into place and their performance become effortless. I’m talking about soul fire; about something which, while you are doing it, energizes you in a way that is impossible to understand unless you have experienced it.
But this feeling is not limited to athletics or the creative arts however. It is just simpler to describe since artists physically channel this feeling into something tangible that can be appreciated by those around them.
In truth anyone who is in alignment with their authentic self and with who and what they really are – even if just for a moment – will feel this. They don’t feel it just because they have worked hard and have acquired the skills needed to do the work but because this is who they are.
In spite of what you might think – you’ve felt this. Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body; even if you wouldn’t know how to hold a guitar if your life depended on it, you’ve felt it. You’ve felt it in the sheer exhilaration you get when you are doing something you absolutely love; in the glory of a sunset or the feel of silk against your skin or when you lose yourself in the arms and heart and mind of someone close to you.
So think about it. What is it that captures your heart and mind so completely that you forget who you are or what you are supposed to be doing? What is it that sets your soul on fire?
Now, find a way to include in your daily routine; to work your joy into the life you have created for yourself and watch as your existence ignites into a wildfire of joy and passion beyond your wildest dreams.