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Follow Your Heart

 Change Your Mind and Your Heart will Follow

Neema – 31, Woodbury, Connecticut

Metastate:  Did you have a vision for yourself growing up? 

Neema:  I had a great imagination, curiosity and sense of adventure, so whenever I met someone who did something that I found fascinating, I wanted to do it. 

Metastate:  What advice would you give to your younger self? 

Neema:  I would say, “Listen to your intuition, it will never fail you” or in the wise words of Esther & Jerry Hicks from The Law of Attraction, “The more you look to others for their guidance, the more removed you are from your own wise counsel.” 

Metastate:  You recently made some big discoveries about your past. Can you tell us about that experience? 

Neema:  I just had a very honest moment of reflection that caused me to question everything I knew. It began when I was laid off and the trajectory of my life changed.

I didn’t realize how much of my identity was attached to a job description. In college I thought I would graduate, get an amazing job, and everything would be grand. But life has different ideas, doesn’t it?

I was forced to change my perspective and pay closer attention to how I was truly feeling. We are always evolving, it must be this way. The human experience – none of us are exempt. 

Metastate:  How has this experience redefined you?

Neema:  I finally figured out what I am meant to do with my life (at least in this particular chapter). I know this sounds cryptic, but I have learned to keep those things I really want under wraps until things are well under way. People are so good at being negative and often you will find yourself dissuaded from what makes you happy. 

Metastate:  What drives you? How do you define success?

Neema:  I am driven by the desire to have an abundant and joyful life. I am currently in transition and in the midst of redefining what happiness, success, and a fulfilled life looks like. For me, success means staying true to who you are and being able to live the life you want on your own terms.

Metastate:  What’s next for you? 

Neema:  I am now focused on discovering what is really true for me and learning to accept the person I am. It all begins with the mind, so I am working hard to change those self-defeating thoughts and habits. My new ambition in life is to be completely myself, to be fully alive and present, because that is the most beautiful thing.

Metastate:  If there was one message you could get out into the world right now, what would it be?

Neema:  Follow your heart. To quote Santiago from the book The Alchemist, “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.” Dream big and follow your heart!  

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